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

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Considering Peele’s Get Out, this film is sure to deliver more than your standard slasher flick. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Reactions to the Trailer for Us, Jordan Peele’s New (Seriously Creepy) Thriller," 26 Dec. 2018 Though originally written as a parody of slasher films, the final product ended up as a half-comical, half-serious flick about a slumber party that gets disrupted by a power-drill-slinging murderer. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 In the apex of the slasher genre, Freddy Krueger is a creepy-looking killer who murders teenagers in their dreams, which ends up also murdering them in real-life. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 Porter is a creative ball-handler and dynamic, above-the-rim slasher with strong footwork already. Jeremy Woo,, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 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

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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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