Slay Definition

slain, slaying, slays, slew
slain, slaying, slays, slew
To kill or destroy in a violent way.
Webster's New World
To overwhelm, as with laughter or love.
Those old jokes still slay me.
American Heritage
To impress, delight, amuse, etc. with overwhelming force.
Webster's New World
To strike or hit.
Webster's New World

(literary) To eradicate or stamp out.

You must slay these thoughts.

Origin of Slay

  • From Middle English sleen, slayn, from Old English slÄ“an (“to strike, beat, smite, stamp, forge, sting, slay, kill, impact"), from Proto-Germanic *slahanÄ… (“to fight, strike, kill"), from Proto-Indo-European *slak- (“to hit, strike, throw"). Cognate with Dutch slaan (“to beat, hit, strike"), Low German slaan (“hit, strike"), German schlagen (“to beat, hit, strike (ein Schlag: a hit, a strike) "), Danish and Swedish slÃ¥ (“to knock, beat, strike"), Icelandic slá (“to strike"). Related to slaughter, onslaught.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English slen, slayen from Old English slēan

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


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