from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A large amount or number; a lot: a slew of unpaid bills.
  • v. Past tense of slay.
  • n. Variant of slough1.
  • v. Variant of slue1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large amount.
  • n. The act, or process of slaying.
  • n. A device used for slaying.
  • n. A change of position.
  • v. To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  • v. To veer a vehicle.
  • v. To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  • v. To pivot.
  • v. To skid.
  • v. to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
  • v. To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
  • v. Simple past of slay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of slay.
  • n. A wet place; a river inlet.
  • transitive v. See slue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit of slay.
  • n. A spelling of slue, slue, slough.
  • n. A swift tideway; an eddy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • v. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent


Irish Gaelic sluagh, multitude, from Old Irish slúag.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irish slua ("crowd") (noun only) (Wiktionary)
In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue. (Wiktionary)


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  • "v. To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time."

    March 6, 2012

  • Citation on whaleman.

    September 9, 2008

  • A double contronym(!): meaning both to turn sharply *and* to move smoothly. Also, meaning both a reduction ("kill off") and a plentitude.

    August 29, 2008