tr.v. slew (sl) or slayed or slain (slān) or slayed, slay·ing, slays
1. To kill violently.
2. Slang To overwhelm, as with laughter or love: Those old jokes still slay me.
[Middle English slen, slayen, from Old English slēan.]
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