slew

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sluː/ (or IPA(key): /sljuː/ in some regions)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uː

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Irish slua (crowd), from Old Irish slúag, slóg, from Proto-Celtic *slougos (troop, army), from Proto-Indo-European *slowgʰos, *slowgos (entourage).

Noun[edit]

slew (plural slews)

  1. (US) A large amount.
    She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
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Etymology 2[edit]

In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.

Noun[edit]

slew (plural slews)

  1. The act, or process of slaying.
  2. A device used for slaying.
  3. A change of position.
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Verb[edit]

slew (third-person singular simple present slews, present participle slewing, simple past and past participle slewed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. (transitive) To veer a vehicle.
  3. (transitive) To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. (intransitive) To pivot.
  5. (intransitive) To skid.
  6. (transitive, rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
    The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling.
  7. (transitive, Britain, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Ablaut of slay, from Middle English sleen, from Old English sléan (past tense slóg). Compare drew, simple past tense of draw, from Old English dragan, and flew, simple past tense of fly, from Old English flēogan. Further etymology at slay.

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slew

  1. simple past tense of slay

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Etymology 4[edit]

Compare slough.

Noun[edit]

slew (plural slews)

  1. A wet place; a river inlet.
    • Theodore Roosevelt
      The prairie round about is wet, at times almost marshy, especially at the borders of the great reedy slews.

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