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
From (etyl) (noun only)
(US) A large amount.
- She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.
The act, or process of slaying.
A device used for slaying.
A change of position.
(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.
(rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
(transitive, British, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
- The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling
(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.