Meaning of SLAVE in English

SLAVE

I. ˈslāv noun

Etymology: Middle English sclave, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French esclave, from Medieval Latin sclavus, from Sclavus Slavic; from the frequent enslavement of Slavs in central Europe during the early Middle Ages

Date: 14th century

1. : a person held in servitude as the chattel of another

2. : one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence

3. : a device (as the printer of a computer) that is directly responsive to another

4. : drudge , toiler

• slave adjective

II. verb

( slaved ; slav·ing )

Date: 1602

transitive verb

1. archaic : enslave

2. : to make directly responsive to another mechanism

intransitive verb

1. : to work like a slave : drudge

2. : to traffic in slaves

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