- severe; powerful: a killer cold.
- very difficult or demanding: a killer chess tournament.
- highly effective; superior: a killer recipe for fried chicken.
Origin of killer
Examples from the Web for killer
Barry showed me his room—a one bedroom with a killer view of Riverbank State Park and the Hudson.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
By Jerome Groopman, New Yorker Researchers get closer to outwitting a killer.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014
December 28, 2014
In the course of his confession, he supplied details that should only have been known to the killer.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
The police found six eyewitnesses who reported seeing Anthony Porter at the pool that night and named him as the killer.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project
November 13, 2014
They might take a moment to wonder why the killer thought they were just the ones with whom he wanted “to share the pics.”Did the Amber Lynn Coplin Murder Photos Sicken the Creeps of 4Chan?
November 6, 2014
And that minute he turned me from a scared kid into an outlaw—a killer.Way of the Lawless
In this nice, well-ordered age I'm a killer and everybody knows it.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
He had come from Trinidad, Colorado, and brought with him the reputation of a killer.
What do you reckon a killer like Overstreet cares for the law?
Lad, even a kid like you could be a killer with that six-gun.Riders of the Silences
- a person or animal that kills, esp habitually
- (as modifier)a killer shark
- something, esp a task or activity, that is particularly taxing or exhausting
- Australian and NZ an animal selected to be slaughtered for food
Word Origin and History for killer
late 15c., agent noun from kill (v.). But a surname, Ric[hard] Le Kyller is attested from 1288. Figurative use from 1550s. Meaning "impressive person or thing" is by 1900 (as an adjective, 1979); reduplicated form killer-diller attested by 1938. Killer whale is from 1725; killer instinct is attested from 1931, originally in boxing.