There are 2 main definitions of slavey in English:

Share this entry

slavey 1

Line breaks: slavey
Pronunciation: /ˈsleɪvi/

noun (plural slaveys)

British informal, dated
A maidservant, especially a hard-worked one: you think it’s safe to leave the household slaveys with our gear?
More example sentences
  • I like being a countess, especially if it means slaveys to run my bath and fan me with peacock feathers!
  • Anyhow… I have read about some slaveys that had very lavish opulent lifestyles because their owners were very caring.
  • The trades have been full of stories about wholesale firings; panicky studios have cut salaries of office slaveys and minor employees.

Words that rhyme with slavey

cavy, Davy, Devi, gravy, navy, venae cavae, wavy
Definition of slavey in:
Share this entry

There are 2 main definitions of slavey in English:

Share this entry
Slavey 2 Line breaks: Slavey
Pronunciation: /ˈsleɪvi/

noun (plural same or Slaveys)

1A member of a Dene people of NW Canada.
Example sentences
  • Like the Beaver, the Slaveys had a tradition of prophets.
  • Often ruthless and ferocious, Beaulieu was the bitter and brutal enemy of the Dogribs, Slaveys and Sekanis, and is said to have killed 12 people with his own hands.
  • In Pre-European times the area was occupied by various Indian tribes of the Athapascan language group, including Slaveys and Mountain people in the vicinity of Bear River.
2 [mass noun] Either of the two languages ( North and South Slavey) spoken by the Slavey.
Example sentences
  • 54% indicated that North Slavey was their most fluent language and 45% use it most frequently at home.
  • The main languages used by the Natives of Fort Simpson are South Slavey and English.
  • Languages spoken in the community are North Slavey and English.


Back to top  
Relating to the Slavey or their languages.
Example sentences
  • A Slavey Indian trapper, John Tetso lived and worked where the Liard River meets the Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories.
  • Read a complete summary of the Mackenzie Gas Project in the North Slavey language.
  • Besides the accumulation of a variety of northern meals, the publication is also a project to preserve the South Slavey dialect.


Translating Cree awahkān 'captive, slave'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources