Slew

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English

Noun

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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Noun

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

Verb

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.

Verb

slew

  1. Simple past of slay.

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Thesaurus

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

Pronunciation

  • 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.

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