meaning ‘to kill’, has the past tense slew and the past participle slain. In BrE it has a literary flavour, but it is an ordinary word for violent killing in AmE, appearing in newspaper headlines such as Serial killer slays seven, which sometimes get carried over into British newspapers as well.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • slay — [v] kill annihilate, assassinate, butcher, cut off, destroy, dispatch, do*, do away with, do in*, down*, eliminate, erase, execute, exterminate, finish, hit, knock off*, liquidate, massacre, murder, neutralize, put away*, rub out*, slaughter,… …   New thesaurus

  • slay — ► VERB (past slew; past part. slain) 1) archaic or literary kill in a violent way. 2) N. Amer. murder. DERIVATIVES slayer noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary