noun, often attributive
slash·​er | \ˈsla-shər \

Definition of slasher 

: one that slashes especially : a person who mutilates or kills with an edged blade a slasher film

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Serial killers, subway slashers, suicides, school shootings — even YouTube pranks — are all subject to the same phenomenon. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Needles in strawberries, cyanide in Tylenol: the long history of product tampering," 21 Sep. 2018 This '90s slasher, which follows a group of high schoolers who fall victim to a masked murderer, inspired one of today's most popular Halloween costumes and also made our list of the 25 best plot twists of all time. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "13 Classic Halloween Movies to Screen for a Proper Fright Fest," 5 July 2018 The myth about the number's unlucky attributes continued to build throughout the 20th century, and in 1980, its place in the collective conscious — along with its connection to Friday — was solidified by the slasher film Friday the 13th. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Stylistically, Doughty is more similar to Heron as a slasher. James Crepea,, "How Mustapha Heron entering the NBA Draft impacts Auburn basketball's lineup in 2018-19," 4 Apr. 2018 The Hawks end the first round by acquiring a good defender, rebounder, slasher and playmaker in Melton. Keith Pompey,, "NBA mock draft 2018: Will Knicks pick Sixers target Mikal Bridges? | Keith Pompey," 20 June 2018 Minnesota needs wing depth behind Andrew Wiggins, and Hutchinson could be a nice option as a slasher who works off Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Deandre Ayton going to Suns at No. 1," 14 Apr. 2018 But there’s way more to Friday the 13th than slasher films. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "8 Origins, Myths, and Superstitions That Explain Friday the 13th," 12 July 2018 Now, the team that brought us Turbo Kid, the bloody homage to '80s action movies, is back with Summer of '84, a tribute to the golden era of slasher films. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Summer of '84 Trailer Delivers Scares and Slasher Nostalgia," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of slasher

1559, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slasher

: someone who kills people with a knife or other sharp weapon

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