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n. pl. slav·eys Chiefly British
A household servant, especially one who is a young woman.
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informal Brit a female general servant
[C19: from slave + -y2]


(Peoples) a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
[from Athapascan]
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(ˈsleɪ vi)

n., pl. -eys. Brit. Informal.
a female servant, esp. a maid of all work in a boardinghouse.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slavey - a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
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[ˈsleɪvɪ] Nfregona f
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n (dated Brit inf) → (Dienst)mädchen nt
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[sleɪvɪ] n (old) (fam) → serva
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References in classic literature ?
He might have been up stuffing himself with eggs and bacon, irritating the dog, or flirting with the slavey, instead of sprawling there, sunk in soul-clogging oblivion.
One might as well inquire of a lodging-house slavey the way to make beds as expect a country bumpkin to know the road to the next village.
Two distinct knocks, sir, will produce the slavey at any time.
Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce him to be an active member of the medical profession."
Jackson, 'and hearing that you were here, from the slavey, took a coach and came on.
The Speaker advised members of the House and the public that throughout the October sitting, the proceedings would be interpreted in four languages: Tlicho, South Slavey, Chipewyan, and French.
While all other residential schools were located in communities of Woodland Cree and Chipewyan, Bishop Routhier received permission from the Department of Indian Affairs to open a school among the Slavey in remote north-west Alberta.
Intermediary Zone 6-7: Comanche; Huron, Wyandot; Lenape; Tuscarora; Potawatomi; Kalapuya; Takelma; Shasta, Chimariko; Alsea; Achomavi; Yana; Yuki; Lassik, Catho; Kolchan; Hare; Eastern Cree; Han; Beaver; Slavey, Dogrib; Osage, Kansa; Oto; Eastern Keres; Western Keres; Chumash; Lower Chinook; Alabama, Koasati; Creek, Seminole; Cherokee; Natchez; Yuchi; Choktaw, Chichasaw; Mandan; Hidatsa; Kiowa; Kiowa-Apache;
And I love to go to Great Slave Lake (named for the indigenous Slavey First Nation people), If the deepest lake in the world.
Two and only two female characters (the eponymous Eveline Hill and the "slavey" in "Two Gallants"), both of them exploited by men.