- 1slay somebody/something (old-fashioned or literary) to kill somebody/something in a war or a fight St George slew the dragon.
- 2slay somebody (especially North American English) (used especially in newspapers) to murder somebody Two passengers were slain by the hijackers.
- 3slay somebody (old-fashioned, informal, especially North American English) to have a strong effect on somebody, especially to make them laugh Those old movies still slay me! Word Origin Old English slēan ‘strike, kill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slaan and German schlagen.
BrE BrE//sleɪ//; NAmE NAmE//sleɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slay
BrE BrE//sleɪ//; NAmE NAmE//sleɪ//he / she / it slays
BrE BrE//sleɪz//; NAmE NAmE//sleɪz//past simple slew
BrE BrE//sluː//; NAmE NAmE//sluː//past participle slain
BrE BrE//sleɪn//; NAmE NAmE//sleɪn//-ing form slaying
BrE BrE//ˈsleɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsleɪɪŋ//