Main definitions of slavey in English

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slavey1

noun

British
dated, informal
  • A maidservant, especially a hard-worked one.

    ‘you think it's safe to leave the household slaveys with our gear?’
    • ‘Anyhow… I have read about some slaveys that had very lavish opulent lifestyles because their owners were very caring.’
    • ‘Finally it was necessary to turn to the servants, the kitchen help, the slaveys and the poultry keepers, with their red and dirty hands.’
    • ‘I like being a countess, especially if it means slaveys to run my bath and fan me with peacock feathers!’
    • ‘The trades have been full of stories about wholesale firings; panicky studios have cut salaries of office slaveys and minor employees.’
    • ‘Why should they allow their slaveys to own and use land?’
    drudge, servant, general factotum, maid of all work, man of all work, lackey, minion, galley slave
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Pronunciation

slavey

/ˈsleɪvi/

Main definitions of slavey in English

: slavey1Slavey2

Slavey2

noun

  • 1A member of a Dene people of north-western Canada.

    • ‘The North Slavey inhabited mountainous areas of the Northwest Territories and hunted mainly caribou and buffalo, using bow and arrows, spears, clubs, snares and twisted sinew.’
    • ‘In Pre-European times the area was occupied by various Indian tribes of the Athapascan language group, including Slaveys and Mountain people in the vicinity of Bear River.’
    • ‘Like the Beaver, the Slaveys had a tradition of prophets.’
    • ‘Often ruthless and ferocious, Beaulieu was the bitter and brutal enemy of the Dogribs, Slaveys and Sekanis, and is said to have killed 12 people with his own hands.’
    • ‘The South Slavey hunted caribou and moose in the forests and along riverbanks.’
  • 2mass noun Either of the two languages (North and South Slavey) spoken by the Slavey.

    • ‘Those older than young people still use South Slavey in smaller, isolated communities, but there is serious attrition among children and young people.’
    • ‘The main languages used by the Natives of Fort Simpson are South Slavey and English.’
    • ‘Languages spoken in the community are North Slavey and English.’
    • ‘54% indicated that North Slavey was their most fluent language and 45% use it most frequently at home.’
    • ‘In the seven western regions, North Slavey, Dogrib, English, and French are offered as languages of instruction.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Slavey or their languages.

    • ‘Read a complete summary of the Mackenzie Gas Project in the North Slavey language.’
    • ‘A Slavey Indian trapper, John Tetso lived and worked where the Liard River meets the Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories.’
    • ‘Besides the accumulation of a variety of northern meals, the publication is also a project to preserve the South Slavey dialect.’
    • ‘It was followed by Dene, Inuktitut, Slavey, Dogrib and Ojibway translations.’
    • ‘The South Slavey language will disappear within 50 years if something isn't done to save it immediately.’

Origin

Translating Cree awahkān ‘captive, slave’.

Pronunciation

Slavey

/ˈsleɪvi/