(third-person singular simple present slays, present participle slaying, simple past slew or slayed, past participle slain or slayed)
- (now literary) To kill, murder.
- The knight slew the dragon.
- Our foes must all be slain.
- (literary) To eradicate or stamp out.
- You must slay these thoughts.
- (by extension, colloquial) To defeat, overcome.
- (slang) To delight or overwhelm, especially with laughter.
- Ha ha! You slay me!
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 slÃ¡ (“to strike"). Related to slaughter, onslaught.