verb (past slew /sluː/; past participle slain /sleɪn/)[with object] • archaic or • literary
- 1Kill (a person or animal) in a violent way: St George slew the dragonMore example sentences
- She did just that and on a day in August slew the beast, just as St. George did the Dragon.
- ‘It looked like a big, dirty white dog,’ says motorcycle cop Paul Lucier, who slew the beast on St-Joseph.
- In the same sector, on the evening of February 22, 2003, a dog was slain by the beast that prowls the Candelero Abajo Sector.
- 1.1chiefly North American Murder (someone) (used chiefly in journalism): a man was slain with a shotgunMore example sentences
- Barnes was slain in a double murder one week before the Baltimore Ravens selected Lewis in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft.
- Michael Mitchell had a satisfying little existence going until the tragic day his son was slain in a gangland shootout.
- Those with less time will be better off with Andromache, the story of a woman forced to marry her husband's murderer to prevent him slaying her son.
- 1.2 • informal Greatly impress or amuse (someone): you slay me, you really doMore example sentences
- It's Saturday night, you want to go to the movies, every single one of them will sort of amuse you but not one of them is going to slay you.
- One thing that slew me about Warburton's performance as the Tick: instead of the constant bluster of the cartoon voice, he would occasionally drop to a hushed tones that were pure Adam West.
- After the title track slays you with its intro - a minute plus of sweet guitar licks - the dual, give-and-take boy-girl lead vocals will capture your heart until you're screaming along without even knowing the words.
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- We're doing a book of stories about other slayers, and I'm all excited about that, and it's all growing in my mind, as well.
- The conservative bloggers who led the charge against the CBS story were hailed as giant slayers.
- Perhaps it is but she failed to justify the claim; measure crime by numbers and communism was a bigger slayer.
Old English slēan 'strike, kill', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slaan and German schlagen.