Slay definition

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(slang) To overwhelm, as with laughter or love.

Those old jokes still slay me.

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(slang) To impress, delight, amuse, etc. with overwhelming force.
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To kill violently.
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To kill or destroy in a violent way.
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(obs.) To strike or hit.
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(slang) To delight or overwhelm, especially with laughter.

Ha ha! You slay me!

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Slay is defined as to kill or destroy in a violent way, or is slang meaning to impress or amuse.

An example of slay is to kill a vampire.

An example of slay is to tell ten hysterical jokes one right after another.

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(now literary) To kill, murder.

The knight slew the dragon.

Our foes must all be slain.

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(literary) To eradicate or stamp out.

You must slay these thoughts.

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(by extension, colloquial) To defeat, overcome.
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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.

    From Wiktionary