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slew

Definition of slew

  1. past of slay




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slew

Definition of slew

  1. variant of 1slough 1b




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slew

verb \ˈslü\

Simple Definition of slew

  • : to turn or slide in another direction very quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slew

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn (as a telescope or a ship's spar) about a fixed point that is usually the axis

  3. 2 :  to cause to skid :  veer <slew a car around a turn>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to turn, twist, or swing about :  pivot

  6. 2 :  skid

Examples of slew in a sentence

  1. He slewed the telescope three degrees south.



Variants of slew

also

slue

\ˈslü\

Origin and Etymology of slew

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1769


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slew

noun

Simple Definition of slew

  • : a large number of people or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slew

  1. :  a large number <a slew of books>

Examples of slew in a sentence

  1. He has written a slew of books.

  2. <we still have a slew of work to do on this project>



Did You Know?

Slew appeared as an American colloquialism in the early 19th century. Its origins are unclear, but it is perhaps taken from the Irish "slua," a descendant of Old Irish slúag, meaning "army," "host," or "throng." "Slew" has several homographs (words that are spelled alike but different in meaning, derivation, or pronunciation) in English. These include: "slew" as the past tense of the verb "slay"; "slew" as a spelling variant of "slough," a word which is also commonly pronounced \SLOO\ and which means "swamp," "an inlet on a river," or "a creek in a marsh or tide flat"; and the verb slew, meaning "to turn, veer, or skid."

Origin and Etymology of slew

perhaps from Irish slua army, host, throng, from Old Irish slúag; akin to Lithuanian slaugyti to tend


First Known Use: 1839


SLEW Defined for Kids

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Definition of slew for Students

  1. past of slay





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