killing

[ kil-ing ]
/ ˈkɪl ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that kill.
the total game killed on a hunt.
a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain: a killing in the stock market.

adjective

that kills.
exhausting: a killing pace.
Informal. irresistibly funny.

Origin of killing

1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2
Related formskill·ing·ly, adverbself-kill·ing, adjectiveun·kill·ing, adjective

Definition for killing (2 of 2)

Origin of kill

1
1175–1225; Middle English cullen, killen to strike, beat, kill, Old English *cyllan; cognate with dialectal German küllen (Westphalian). See quell
Related formskill·a·ble, adjectiveself-killed, adjectiveun·killed, adjective
Can be confusedkill kiln

Synonym study

1. Kill, execute, murder all mean to deprive of life. Kill is the general word, with no implication of the manner of killing, the agent or cause, or the nature of what is killed (whether human being, animal, or plant): to kill a person. Execute is used with reference to the putting to death of one in accordance with a legal sentence, no matter what the means are: to execute a criminal. Murder is used of killing a human being unlawfully: He murdered him for his money.
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British Dictionary definitions for killing (1 of 3)

killing

/ (ˈkɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

informal very tiring; exhaustinga killing pace
informal extremely funny; hilarious
causing death; fatal

noun

the act of causing death; slaying
informal a sudden stroke of success, usually financial, as in speculations on the stock market (esp in the phrase make a killing)
Derived Formskillingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for killing (2 of 3)

kill

1
/ (kɪl) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for kill

C13 cullen; perhaps related to Old English cwellan to kill; compare German (Westphalian dialect) küllen; see quell

British Dictionary definitions for killing (3 of 3)

kill

2
/ (kɪl) /

noun

US a channel, stream, or river (chiefly as part of place names)

Word Origin for kill

C17: from Middle Dutch kille; compare Old Norse kīll small bay, creek
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Idioms and Phrases with killing

kill


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

also see:

  • curiosity killed the cat
  • dressed to kill
  • fit to kill
  • in at the death (kill)
  • make a killing
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