from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variant spelling (also slew, sloo) of dough in its second pronunciation.
  • noun The turning of a body upon an axis within its figure: as, he gave his chair a slue to the left.
  • noun A considerable quantity: as, if you want wood, there's a slue of it on the pavement.
  • Nautical, to turn round, as a mast or boom about its axis, without removing it from its place.
  • To turn or twist about: often followed by round and used reflexively.
  • To turn about; turn or swing round: often followed by round.

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

  • transitive verb (Naut.) To turn about a fixed point, usually the center or axis, as a spar or piece of timber; to turn; -- used also of any heavy body.
  • transitive verb colloq. In general, to turn about; to twist; -- often used reflexively and followed by round.
  • intransitive verb To turn about; to turn from the course; to slip or slide and turn from an expected or desired course; -- often followed by round.
  • noun Local See sloough, 2.

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

  • verb transitive, nautical To rotate something on an axis.
  • verb transitive To turn something sharply.
  • verb intransitive To rotate on an axis; to pivot.
  • verb intransitive To slide off course; to skid.
  • noun The act of sluing or the place to which something has slued.
  • noun A slough; a run or wet place.

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

  • verb turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • verb move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • "My boat slues around the rushing peaks, her keel clinging to the slopes like a mountain goat, her port side pressed down against the black, rolling ocean."

    --Steven Callahan, Adrift, 29

    May 15, 2008

  • Cool word.

    May 15, 2008