Definitions for slavesleɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
slavesleɪv(n.; v.)slaved, slav•ing.
(n.)a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; bond servant.
a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person.
a housekeeping slave.
a mechanism under control of and repeating the actions of a similar mechanism.
Ref: Compare master (def. 17). 19
(v.i.)to work like a slave; drudge.
to engage in the slave trade.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.t.)Archaic. to enslave.
Origin of slave:
1250–1300; ME sclave < ML sclāvus (masc.), sclāva (fem.) slave, orig., Slav ; so called because Slavs were commonly enslaved in the early Middle Ages
a person who is owned by someone
slave, striver, hard worker(noun)
someone who works as hard as a slave
someone entirely dominated by some influence or person
"a slave to fashion"; "a slave to cocaine"; "his mother was his abject slave"
slave, break one's back, buckle down, knuckle down(verb)
work very hard, like a slave
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who is considered the property of another person and forced to work without pay
white farmers who owned slaves
to work very hard
workers slaving in the coal mines
A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition.
A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; an indentured servant.
A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis.
A device that is controlled by another device.
An information worker who has signed a non-compete clause in return for employment.
To work hard.
I was slaving all day over a hot stove.
Origin: From <- sclave <- sclavus <- σκλάβος.
a person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another
one who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition
a drudge; one who labors like a slave
an abject person; a wretch
to drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave
The Roycroft Dictionary
A person with a servile mind, who quickly crooks the pregnant hinges of the knee, that thrift may follow fawning; who gratifies his wants either through cringing flattery or coercion, and who tyrannizes over others whenever he has a chance.
Translations for slave
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who works for a master to whom he belongs
In the nineteenth century many Africans were sold as slaves in the United States.
- escravoPortuguese (BR)
- otrok, -yněCzech
- der Sklave, die SklavinGerman
- σκλάβος, δούλοςGreek
- दास, गुलामHindi
- rob, ropkinjaCroatian
- hamba abdiMalay
- slave, trellNorwegian
- раб, невольникRussian
- otrok, -kyňaSlovak
- slav, trälSwedish
- 奴隸Chinese (Trad.)
- раб, невільникUkrainian
- người nô lệVietnamese
- 奴隶Chinese (Simp.)
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