Slay vs. Sleigh

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Slay means to murder, to kill in a violent fashion. Slay may also be used informally to mean to amuse someone. Slay is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are slays, slayed, slaying, slain, slayer. Slay comes from the Old English word slean which means to strike, to slaughter.

A sleigh is a conveyance on runners that slides over snow, usually pulled by horses or reindeer. Sleigh may be used as a noun or an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are sleighs, sleighed, sleighing, sleigher. The word sleigh is derived from the Dutch word slee.


ne of Iran’s most notorious hardliners, who urged the regime to “slay” critics without “compassion or leniency”, has become head of the powerful assembly responsible for choosing the next Supreme Leader.

“Whether for peace or power, and with means or without, when tongues are loose, the denials are few: every man yearns to slay a dragon.” (Forbes Magazine)

She has become the face of CoverGirl, appeared in Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade,” and has landed numerous magazine covers, all while slaying nearly every red carpet she walks on. (The Huffington Post)

The sleigh driver stood, preparing to stop the sleigh and switch the ski tracks to wheels, when the sleigh hit a bump and he was thrown off. (The Rutland Herald)

The great sleigh ride of 1856 was a spontaneous overflow of unbridled enthusiasm. (The Akron Beacon Herald)

Spring may arrive this weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy one of Canada’s favourite wintertime activities, an old-fashioned sleigh ride. (The Ottawa Citizen)

The festive vehicle – believed to be the only road legal sleigh in the UK – broke down at a special Christmas event for a terminally ill little girl in Wigan. (The Mirror)

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