[ king ]
/ kɪŋ /
a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.
(initial capital letter) God or Christ.
a person or thing preeminent in its class: a king of actors.
a playing card bearing a picture of a king.
Chess. the chief piece of each color, whose checkmating is the object of the game; moved one square at a time in any direction.
Checkers. a piece that has been moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, thus allowing it to be moved in any direction.
Entomology. a fertile male termite.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter K.
verb (used with object)
to make a king of; cause to be or become a king; crown.
Informal. to design or make (a product) king-size: The tobacco company is going to king its cigarettes.
verb (used without object)
to reign as king.
king it, to play the king; behave in an imperious or pretentious manner: He kinged it over all the other kids on the block.
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Origin of king
OTHER WORDS FROM king
king·less, adjectiveking·less·ness, nounking·like, adjectiveout·king, verb (used with object)
sub·king, nounun·der·king, nounun·kinged, adjectiveun·king·like, adjective
Words nearby king
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British Dictionary definitions for kinger (1 of 2)
/ (kɪŋ) /
a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated adjectives: royal, regal, monarchical
- a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
- (in combination)the pirate king
- a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
- (as modifier)a king bull
any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any directionSee also check (def. 30), checkmate
draughts a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
king of kings
- a title of any of various oriental monarchs
to make (someone) a king
king it to act in a superior fashion
Derived forms of kingkinghood, nounkingless, adjectivekinglike, adjective
Word Origin for king
Old English cyning; related to Old High German kunig king, Danish konge
British Dictionary definitions for kinger (2 of 2)
/ (kɪŋ) /
B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: winner of twelve Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon (1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975) and the US Open (1967, 1971–72, and 1974)
Martin Luther. 1929–68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything's Eventual (2002)
William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874–1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)
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Idioms and Phrases with kinger
In addition to the idiom beginning with king
, also see
- live like a king
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