Slave Definition

slāv
slaved, slaves, slaving
noun
slaves
A human being who is owned as property by, and is absolutely subject to the will of, another; bondservant divested of all freedom and personal rights.
Webster's New World
A person who is completely dominated by some influence, habit, person, etc.
A slave to fashion.
Webster's New World
One who is subservient to or controlled by another.
His boss's slave.
American Heritage
One who is subject to or controlled by a specified influence.
A slave to alcohol; a slave to an irrational fear.
American Heritage
A person who slaves; drudge.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
masterfree man
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verb
slaved, slaves, slaving
To work like a slave; drudge.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
To deal in slaves; be a slaver.
Webster's New World
To cause a machine or component to be controlled by another machine or component.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
be lazyslack

Other Word Forms of Slave

Noun

Singular:
slave
Plural:
slaves

Origin of Slave

  • From Middle English, from Old French sclave, from Medieval Latin sclāvus (“slave”), from Sclāvus (“Slav”), because Slavs were often forced into slavery in the Middle Ages. Compare Byzantine Greek σκλάβος.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sclave from Old French esclave from Medieval Latin sclāvus from Sclāvus Slav (from the widespread enslavement of captured Slavs in the early Middle Ages) Slav

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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