Slew vs Alew - What's the difference?

slew | alew |

As nouns the difference between slew and alew

is that slew is (us) a large amount or slew can be the act, or process of slaying while alew is (obsolete|rare) a cry of despair.

As a verb slew

is (nautical) to rotate or turn something about its axis or slew can be (slay).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (noun only)


(en noun)
  • (US) A large amount.
  • She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
    See also
    * onslaught

    Etymology 2

    In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.


    (en noun)
  • The act, or process of slaying.
  • A device used for slaying.
  • A change of position.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  • To veer a vehicle.
  • To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  • To pivot.
  • To skid.
  • (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
  • (transitive, British, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
  • Etymology 3


  • (slay)
  • See also

    * slain






    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, rare) A cry of despair.
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.6:
  • *:Yet did she not lament with loude alew , / As women wont, but with deepe sighes and singults few.