- 1 slaughter something to kill an animal, usually for its meat synonym butcher The lambs are ready to be slaughtered.
- 2slaughter somebody/something to kill a large number of people or animals violently synonym massacre Men, women and children were slaughtered and villages destroyed.
- 3slaughter somebody/something (informal) to defeat someone or something by a large number of points in a sports game, competition, etc. We were slaughtered 10–1 by the home team.
NAmE//ˈslɔt̮ər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slaughter
he / she / it slaughters
past simple slaughtered
-ing form slaughtering