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[ley-dee-kil-er] /ˈleɪ diˌkɪl ər/
noun, Informal.
a man who is irresistible to women or has the reputation for being so.
Origin of lady-killer
First recorded in 1805-15
Related forms
lady-killing, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • I don't quite think myself a lady-killer: by George, my—hum!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • I do enjoy your companionship, and you know I am not a lady-killer.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • You know that sort of tradesman's son, a dandy and lady-killer.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He—the lady-killer, Vizcarra—to fail in the conquest of a poor ranchera!

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • He was more than what you call a lady-killer, he was a woman-eater.

  • Who was the girl for whom you were exercising your arts of seduction down there, you lady-killer?

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • He was, however, generally considered to be quite an Adonis, a lady-killer.

  • No; he did not have the perfidious smirk or the brazen swagger of the lady-killer.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • The envious, nor the prudish, stigmatized him as a lady-killer.


    Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for lady-killer


(informal) a man who is, or thinks he is, irresistibly fascinating to women
Derived Forms
lady-killing, noun, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for lady-killer



A man who is irresistible to women or has the reputation for being so; ladies' man (1811+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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