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killer

[ kil-er ]
/ ˈkɪl ər /
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noun

adjective Slang.

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RELATED WORDS

executioner, hunter, butcher, slayer, soldier, assassin, exterminator, cut-throat

Nearby words

killable, killarney, killdee, killdeer, killeen, killer, killer app, killer application, killer bars, killer bee, killer boat

Origin of killer

First recorded in 1525–35; kill1 + -er1
Related formsself-kill·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for killer

killer

/ (ˈkɪlə) /

noun

  1. a person or animal that kills, esp habitually
  2. (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for killer

killer


n.

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.

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