Etymology
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slew (n.1)

"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.

slew (v.)

"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.

slew (n.2)

"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).

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Definitions of slew
1
slew (v.)
turn sharply; change direction abruptly;
Synonyms: swerve / sheer / curve / trend / veer / slue / cut
slew (v.)
move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner;
Synonyms: skid / slip / slue / slide
2
slew (n.)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
a slew of journalists
Synonyms: batch / deal / flock / good deal / great deal / hatful / heap / lot / mass / mess / mickle / mint / mountain / muckle / passel / peck / pile / plenty / pot / quite a little / raft / sight / spate / stack / tidy sum / wad
From wordnet.princeton.edu