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Slay (2)

slang Verb
Metaphorically killing it; succeeding.
 
It can be used directly toward an object: “I slayed that test,” meaning I aced it. Or it can be used even more broadly, as in “I slayed last night,” meaning I owned the night, had a good night, etc. In some contexts, it can mean good looking or attractive. In the citation below “slay girl” was a comment left on a model’s picture. She looked really good and people were telling her to slay. In this example, it was used as a compliment. This is a word that is very common within feminist circles. It has a very positive and powerful connotation, and thus, promotes the idea of empowering women. I think it also encapsulates a sense of pride, and that is why people choose to use it. Similar to that of a hunter coming back with an animal he has slain.
Etymology : formed by metaphorically extending the definition of slay
Source : “Slay girl!” (Instagram, October 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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