Cattle getting herded before going to slaughter.
An example of to slaughter is pigs being killed to be sold as pork.
- the killing of an animal or animals for food; butchering
- the killing of a human being, esp. in a brutal manner
- the killing of people in large numbers, as in battle
- Informal a complete defeat or victory
Origin of slaughterMiddle English slahter from Old Norse sl?tr, literally , slain flesh, contr. from slattr, akin to Old English sleaht, slaughter, death: for Indo-European base see slay
- to kill (an animal or animals) for food; butcher
- to kill (people), esp. brutally or in large numbers
- Informal to conquer or defeat completely
- The killing of animals especially for food.
- The killing of a large number of people; a massacre: “I could not give my name to aid the slaughter in this war, fought on both sides for grossly material ends” ( Sylvia Pankhurst )
transitive verbslaugh·tered, slaugh·ter·ing, slaugh·ters
- To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher.
- a. To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre.b. To kill in a violent or brutal manner.
Origin of slaughterMiddle English of Scandinavian origin Old Norse slātr butchery
(third-person singular simple present slaughters, present participle slaughtering, simple past and past participle slaughtered)
From Old Norse slÃ¡tr, from Proto-Germanic *slahtiz.