slash·​er ˈsla-shər How to pronounce slasher (audio)
often attributive
: one that slashes
especially : a person who mutilates or kills with an edged blade
a slasher film

Examples of slasher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reviews lean positive for the ’80s-period piece slasher, which sees Goth joined by a starry ensemble including Elizabeth Debicki, Lily Collins, Halsey, Michelle Monaghan, Giancarlo Esposito and Kevin Bacon. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 6 July 2024 In 2022, Ti West’s campy A24 slasher X made its debut and shocked the world. Rendy Jones,, 5 July 2024 The goriest slasher movie may possess hidden depths—the mold-setting Black Christmas, the meta-aware Scream—but its primary function is providing entertainment and vicious thrills. David Sims, The Atlantic, 2 July 2024 Much has been made about how filmmaker Ti West has reinvented and refreshed the slasher genre by paying homage to the classics in his A24 trilogy X, Pearl and the upcoming MaXXXine. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for slasher 

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slasher was in 1559

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“Slasher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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