from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Coleslaw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete (Scotch) form of slow.
  • noun Sliced cabbage, served cooked or uncooked as a salad.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sliced cabbage served as a salad, cooked or uncooked.
  • p. p. of slee, to slay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US, Canada Coleslaw.

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

  • noun basically shredded cabbage


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  • Ha! I like the "basically shredded cabbage" definition from Wordnet.

    July 28, 2011

  • Basically 'Who slew the slaw?' in other words. and who saw it if it is a mystory (sic) novel!

    July 28, 2011

  • So then what would elaborately shredded cabbage be?

    July 28, 2011

  • Well, it's not coleslaw.

    July 28, 2011

  • Or even cold slaw (the eggcorn I grew up with), which of course must be served chilled.

    July 28, 2011

  • Same eggcorn here rolig!

    July 29, 2011

  • Weirdnet again....

    This is how my dad says "coleslaw"--as though using the entire word is just too exacting. Likewise, hot dogs are simply "dogs."

    July 29, 2011