Definition of slay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    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//
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  1. 1slay somebody/something (old-fashioned or literary) to kill somebody/something in a war or a fight St George slew the dragon.
  2. 2slay somebody (especially North American English) (used especially in newspapers) to murder somebody Two passengers were slain by the hijackers.
  3. 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!
  4. Word OriginOld English slēan ‘strike, kill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slaan and German schlagen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slay