noun, often attributive
slash·​er | \ ˈsla-shər How to pronounce slasher (audio) \

Definition of slasher

: 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 The film mimics all sorts of TV genres, including reality TV, sitcoms, cable sports network and radio talk shows, slasher films and more. Will Coviello,, "Screamfest classic and comedy horror films leads array of pre-Halloween movies," 19 Oct. 2020 My personal favorite horror movie of the 1990s, Candyman is a cross between a slasher film and a stately vampire drama, all playing out in the unexpected environment of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public-housing project. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Horror Movies Are for Everyone," 19 Oct. 2020 Early on, the film quickly shows itself to be a thoughtful commentary on modern existence, not some one-note, B-movie slasher flick. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In The Columnist, reading the comments isn’t bad—being a toxic online troll is," 11 Oct. 2020 One of the most iconic slasher films is coming back to the big screen for a limited time. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "40 years of 'Friday the 13th': Here's where the slasher film is playing in theaters," 1 Oct. 2020 The start became a 16-pitch slasher flick for the Padres, in their first playoff game since 2006. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tricky pitching juggle involving Paddack put Padres in tough spot," 30 Sep. 2020 The game features high-impact combat and dozens of slasher weapons. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "New games are coming for Xbox Series X, PS5 and Switch. Here's when you can get them," 24 Sep. 2020 High-profile accounts were dropping like slasher-movie victims, with no sense of how or who might be next. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "How Twitter Survived Its Biggest Hack—and Plans to Stop the Next One," 24 Sep. 2020 It was announced Thursday that the actress, who played the lead role of Sidney Prescott in the four previous Scream films, will appear in the fifth entry in the slasher series. Clark Collis,, "Neve Campbell to appear in fifth Scream movie," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of slasher

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Slasher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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