verb \ˈslā\

: to kill (someone or something) especially in a battle or war

: to kill (someone)

: to delight or amuse (someone) very much

slew \ˈslü\ also especially in sense 2 slayedslain \ˈslān\ slay·ing

Full Definition of SLAY

transitive verb
:  to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers; broadly :  to strike down :  kill
:  to delight or amuse immensely <slayed the audience>
intransitive verb
:  kill, murder
slay·er noun

Origin of SLAY

Middle English slen, from Old English slēan to strike, slay; akin to Old High German slahan to strike, Middle Irish slachta stricken
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SLAY

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner <killed in an accident> <frost killed the plants>. slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive <slew thousands of the Philistines>. murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility <convicted of murdering a rival>. assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives <terrorists assassinated the Senator>. dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death <dispatched the sentry with one bullet>. execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty <executed by lethal gas>.
SLAY Defined for Kids


verb \ˈslā\
slew \ˈslü\slain \ˈslān\slay·ing

Definition of SLAY for Kids

:  1kill 1
slay·er noun


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