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 But Silent Night, Deadly Night is just a standard slasher movie in Christmas drag. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 The 1978 film Halloween, for all its notoriety, seems almost quaint compared with the countless slasher movies that have followed it. David Sims, The Atlantic, 15 Oct. 2021 Director Wes Craven’s film, which combined black comedy and slasher movies, was a game-changer in Hollywood. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Looking for a house perfect for hosting parties or to film a low-budget slasher movie? Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 22 Sep. 2021 Not just with the special effects, which are as gory as any slasher movie, if not more so. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 The first of three slasher movies based on legendary author R.L. Stine's Fear Street book series, the film follows a group of teens from Shadyside, Ohio, who make some chilling discoveries about tragedies that have plagued their town for years. Lauren Huff,, 2 July 2021 The slasher movies based on R.L. Stine's teen horror series of the same name are a Gen Z explosion. Shannon Carlin,, 1 July 2021 With Pythia’s decapitated head overlooking them, the queens decide on roles for their slasher flick, called Screech. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of slasher

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slasher was in 1559

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28 Nov 2021

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“Slasher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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