Slams vs Slays - What's the difference?

slams | slays |

As verbs the difference between slams and slays

is that slams is (slam) while slays is (slay).




  • (slam)
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    Etymology 1

    Apparently from a Scandinavian source; compare Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma.


  • (ergative) To shut with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise.
  • Don't slam the door!
  • (ergative) To put in or on a particular place with force and loud noise. (Often followed by a preposition such as down'', ''against'' or into.)
  • Don't slam that trunk down on the pavement!
  • To strike forcefully with some implement.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 18 , author= , title=Wolverhampton 5 - 0 Doncaster , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But Wolves went in front when Steven Fletcher headed in Stephen Hunt's cross and it was 2-0 when Geoffrey Mujangi Bia slammed in his first for the club. }}
  • (colloquial) To speak badly of; to criticize forcefully.
  • Don't ever slam me in front of the boss like that again!
    Union leaders slammed the new proposals.
    Critics slammed the new film, calling it violent and meaningless.
  • (basketball) To dunk forcefully, to slam dunk.
  • (bridge) To make a slam bid.
  • (card games) To defeat (opponents at cards) by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
  • (Hoyle)
  • to change providers (e.g. of domain registration or telephone carrier) for a customer without clear (if any) consent.
  • to drink off, to drink quickly
  • to compete in a poetry slam
  • Synonyms
    * (drink quickly) See also
    Derived terms
    * slam the door on * slam on the brakes


  • (countable) A sudden impact or blow.
  • (countable) The shock and noise produced by violently closing a door or other object.
  • * (Charles Dickens)
  • The slam and the scowl were lost upon Sam.
  • (countable, basketball) A slam dunk.
  • (countable, colloquial, US) An insult.
  • *, chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“Well,” I says, “I cal'late a body could get used to Tophet if he stayed there long enough.” ¶ She flared up; the least mite of a slam at Doctor Wool was enough to set her going.}}
  • (uncountable) The yellow iron silicate produced in alum works as a waste product.
  • A poetry slam.
  • (UK, dialect) The refuse of alum works.
  • Etymology 2

    Origin unknown.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A type of card game, also called ruff and honours.
  • (cards) Losing or winning all the tricks in a game.
  • (countable, bridge) A bid of six (small slam'') or seven (''grand slam ) in a suit or no trump.
  • Derived terms
    * grand slam


  • (card games) To defeat by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
  • Anagrams

    * English ergative verbs ----




  • (slay)
  • Anagrams

    * *




  • To kill, murder.
  • The knight slew the dragon.
    Our foes must all be slain .
  • (literary) To eradicate or stamp out.
  • You must slay these thoughts.
  • (by extension, colloquial) To defeat, overcome.
  • * 1956', “Giants '''Slay Bears in Pro Title Battle”, in ''Lodi News-Sentinel , 1956 December 31, page 8.
  • * 1985', “Redskins '''slay Giants; Thiesmann shatters leg”, in ''The Gadsden Times , 1985 November 19, page D1-5.
  • * 1993 , Jack Curry, “ Yanks’ Bullpen Falls Short Again”, in The New York Times , 1993 April 21:
  • The Yankees were actually slayed by two former Yankees because Rich Gossage pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Eckersley to notch his first victory.
  • (slang) To delight or overwhelm, especially with laughter.
  • Ha ha! You slay me!
    Usage notes
    * The alternative past tense and past participle form "slayed" is most strongly associated with the slang sense, "to delight or overwhelm": *: {{quote-book, i2=*::, 1929, Harry Charles Witwer, Yes Man's Land citation , passage="Cutey, you slayed me !" grins Jackie, working fast. "I guess that's what made the rest of 'em look so bad — you was so good!"}} * In recent use, "slayed" is also often found associated with the other senses as well. However, this is widely considered nonstandard."But slayed cannot be considered established in such use. Whether it eventually becomes established remains to be seen." — '>citation * A review of US usage 2000-2009 in COCA suggests that "slayed" is increasing in popularity, but remains less common than "slew". It is very rare in UK usage (BNC).


    * kill, murder, assassinate * conquer, defeat, overcome * (to overwhelm or delight) kill, hit it out of the park

    Derived terms

    * slayer