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.
Definition of slavey in:
- US English dictionary
noun (plural same or Slaveys)
1A member of a Dene people of NW Canada.
- 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.
- 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.
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Relating to the Slavey or their languages.
- 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'.