- 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.
Origin of slewIrish sluagh, a host
Origin of slewIrish Gaelic sluagh, multitude, from Old Irish slúag.
verb, transitive slewed, slew·ing, slews also slued or slu·ing or slues
- To turn (something) on an axis; rotate: slewed the swivel chair around; slewing the boom of a crane.
- To turn sharply; veer: braked and slewed the car around.
- To turn about an axis: “The violet eyes slewed from door to window as if desperate for escape” (P.D. James).
- To turn or slide sideways or off course; skid.
Origin of slewOrigin unknown.
- (US) A large amount.
- She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
From Irish slua (“crowd") (noun only)
(third-person singular simple present slews, present participle slewing, simple past and past participle slewed)
- (nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
- To veer a vehicle.
- To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
- (intransitive) To pivot.
- (intransitive) To skid.
- (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
- (UK, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.
- Simple past tense of slay.
Variant of slay
transitive verbslew, slayed, slain, slaying
- to kill or destroy in a violent way
- Slang to impress, delight, amuse, etc. with overwhelming force
- Obsolete to strike or hit
Origin of slayMiddle 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