Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  2. (verb, motion) turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    The motorbike veered to the right
  3. (verb, motion) move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Slew

  1. "swampy place," 1708, N.Amer. variant of slough. more
  2. "to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." more
  3. "large number," 1839, from Ir. sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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