Those old jokes still slay me.
An example of slay is to kill a vampire.
An example of slay is to tell ten hysterical jokes one right after another.
Origin of slay
- Middle English slen, slayen from Old English slēan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.