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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slavenoun

    a person who is owned by someone

  2. slave, striver, hard workernoun

    someone who works as hard as a slave

  3. slaveverb

    someone entirely dominated by some influence or person

    "a slave to fashion"; "a slave to cocaine"; "his mother was his abject slave"

  4. slave, break one's back, buckle down, knuckle downverb

    work very hard, like a slave


  1. slavenoun

    A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition.

  2. slavenoun

    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.

  3. slavenoun

    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.

  4. slavenoun

    A device that is controlled by another device.

  5. slavenoun

    An information worker who has signed a non-compete clause in return for employment.

  6. slaveverb

    To work hard.

    I was slaving all day over a hot stove.

  7. Etymology: From <- sclave <- sclavus <- σκλάβος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SLAVEnoun

    One mancipated to a master; not a freeman; a dependant.

    Etymology: esclave, French. It is said to have its original from the Slavi, or Sclavonians, subdued and sold by the Venetians.

    The banish’d Kent, who in disguise
    Follow’d his enemy king, and did him service
    Improper for a slave. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Thou elvish markt, abortive, rooting hog!
    Thou that wast seal’d in thy nativity
    The slave of nature, and the son of hell. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Of guests he makes them slaves
    Inhospitably. John Milton.

    Slaves to our passions we become, and then
    It grows impossible to govern men. Edmund Waller.

    The condition of servants was different from what it is now, they being generally slaves, and such as were bought and sold for money. South.

    Perspective a painter must not want; yet without subjecting ourselves so wholly to it, as to become slaves of it. Dryden.

    To-morrow, should we thus express our friendship,
    Each might receive a slave into his arms:
    This sun perhaps, this morning sun’s the last,
    That e’er shall rise on Roman liberty. Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To Slaveverb

    To drudge; to moil; to toil.

    Etymology: from the noun

    Had women been the makers of our laws,
    The men should slave at cards from morn to night. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slavenoun

    see Slav

  2. Slavenoun

    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

  3. Slavenoun

    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

  4. Slavenoun

    a drudge; one who labors like a slave

  5. Slavenoun

    an abject person; a wretch

  6. Slaveverb

    to drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave

  7. Slaveverb

    to enslave


  1. Slave

    Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve Washington and Mark Hicks formed the group in Dayton, Ohio in 1975.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slave

    slāv, n. a captive in servitude: any one in bondage: a serf: one who labours like a slave: a drudge: one wholly under the will of another: one who has lost all power of resistance.—v.i. to work like a slave: to drudge.—adj. Slave′-born, born in slavery.—ns. Slave′-drī′ver, one who superintends slaves at their work; Slave′-fork, a long and heavy branch into the forked end of which a slave's neck is fixed to prevent his escaping from the slave-trader's gang.—adj. Slave′-grown, grown on land worked by slaves.—ns. Slave′-hold′er, an owner of slaves; Slave′-hold′ing; Slave′-hunt, a hunt after runaway slaves; Slā′ver, a ship employed in the slave-trade; Slā′very, the state of being a slave: serfdom: the state of being entirely under the will of another: bondage: drudgery; Slave′-ship, a ship used for transporting slaves.—n.pl. Slave′-states, those states of the American Union which maintained domestic slavery before the Civil War—Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.—ns. Slave′-trade, the trade of buying and selling slaves; Slave′-trā′der, a trader in slaves; Slā′vey (slang), a domestic drudge, a maid-servant.—adj. Slā′vish, of or belonging to slaves: becoming slaves: servile: mean: base: laborious.—adv. Slā′vishly.—ns. Slā′vishness; Slāvoc′racy, slave-owners collectively, or their interests, &c.; Slā′vocrat, a member of the slavocracy. [O. Fr. esclave—Mid. High Ger. slave (Ger. sclave), from Slav, above.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. slave

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slave' in Nouns Frequency: #2116

Anagrams for slave »

  1. vales

  2. salve

  3. selva

  4. avels

  5. avels

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  8. vales

  9. valse

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of slave in a Sentence

  1. Seneca:

    The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself.

  2. Klopstock:

    He who has an opinion of his own, but depends on the opinion and tastes of others is a slave.

  3. Kanye West:

    I don't know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say... I'm sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.

  4. Constantin Brancusi:

    Create like a god. Command like a king. Work like a slave!

  5. Edward Hoagland:

    To relive the relationship between owner and slave we can consider how we treat our cars and dogs -- a dog exercising a somewhat similar leverage on our mercies and an automobile being comparable in value to a slave in those days.

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