verb (used with object)
- to deoxidize (steel) before teeming into an ingot mold.
- to eliminate springiness from (wire or the like).
- to cold-roll (sheet metal) after final heat treatment in order to eliminate distortion.
verb (used without object)
- to destroy completely; kill, especially successively or indiscriminately: The invaders killed off all the inhabitants of the town.
- Informal.to extinguish; eliminate: The bus ride every day kills off all of my energy.
Origin of kill1
Related Words for kill offobliterate, annihilate, slaughter, exterminate, kill, terminate, execute, massacre, butcher
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for kill
Word Origin for kill
c.1200, "to strike, hit, beat, knock;" c.1300, "to deprive of life," perhaps from an unrecorded variant of Old English cwellan "to kill" (see quell), but the earliest sense suggests otherwise. Sense in to kill time is from 1728. Related: Killed; killing. Kill-devil, colloquial for "rum," especially if new or of bad quality, is from 1630s.
"stream," 1630s, American English, from Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille "riverbed," especially in place names (e.g. Schuylkill). A common Germanic word, the Old Norse form, kill, meant "bay, gulf" and gave its name to Kiel Fjord on the German Baltic coast and thence to Kiel, the port city founded there in 1240.
early 13c., "a stroke, a blow," from kill (v.). Meaning "act of killing" is from 1814; that of "a killed animal" is from 1878. Lawn tennis serve sense is from 1903. The kill "the knockout" is boxing jargon, 1950.
Render extinct, eliminate completely, as in The plague killed off entire villages and towns. [c. 1600]
Represent as dead, as in This mystery writer kills off a new victim in almost every chapter. [Mid-1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with kill
- kill off
- kill or cure
- kill the fatted calf
- kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
- kill time
- kill two birds with one stone
- kill with kindness
- curiosity killed the cat
- dressed to kill
- fit to kill
- in at the death (kill)
- make a killing