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Slew (plural Slews)
  1. (US) A large number.
    She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.

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Slew (plural Slews)
  1. The act, or process of slaying.
  2. A device used for slaying.
  3. A change of position.


Slew (third-person singular simple present Slews, present participle Slewing, simple past and past participle Slewed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. (transitive) To veer a vehicle.
  3. (transitive) To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. (intransitive) To pivot.
  5. (intransitive) To skid.
  6. (transitive, rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
    The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling
  7. (transitive, UK, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.



  1. Simple past of slay.

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batch, bunch, clump, cluster, considerable, copse, crop, deal, gobs, good deal, great deal, group, grouping, groupment, grove, hassock, heap, heaps, jillion, knot, lashings, loads, lot, lots, mess, million, mint, oodles, pack, peck, pile, piles, pot, quantities, quite a little, raft, rafts, scads, shock, sight, slews, spate, stack, stacks, stook, thicket, thousand, tidy sum, trillion, tuft, tussock, wad, wads, whole slew, wisp


  • IPA: /sluː/, SAMPA: /slu:/
  • Rhymes: -uː

Etymology 1

From Irish slua (crowd) (noun only)

Etymology 2

In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.