- The definition of a slew is a large quantity of something.
When you have 200 pairs of shoes, this is an example of a situation where you have a slew of shoes.
- Slew means to slide or skid uncontrollably in a particular direction.
When a van begins to slide uncontrollably left because of ice, this is an example of slew.
slew definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Irish sluagh, a host
slew definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also sluenoun Informal
Origin: Irish Gaelic sluagh, multitude, from Old Irish slúag.
verb & n.
Variant of slay
- to kill or destroy in a violent way
- Slang to impress, delight, amuse, etc. with overwhelming force
- Obsolete to strike or hit
Origin: Middle English slean ; from Old English ; from an unverified form slahan, akin to German schlagen, Dutch slagen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form slak-, to hit from source Middle Irish slacc, sword
- slayer noun