Nearby words

  1. kinetograph,
  2. kinetoplast,
  3. kinetoscope,
  4. kinetosis,
  5. kinfolk,
  6. king bee,
  7. king charles spaniel,
  8. king clam,
  9. king closer,
  10. king cobra

Origin of king

before 900; Middle English; Old English cyng, cyni(n)g; cognate with German König, Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Swedish konung, Danish konge. See kin, -ing3

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British Dictionary definitions for kinger



a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated adjectives: royal, regal, monarchical
  1. a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
  2. (in combination)the pirate king
  1. a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
  2. (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
  1. God
  2. a title of any of various oriental monarchs

verb (tr)

to make (someone) a king
king it to act in a superior fashion
Derived Formskinghood, nounkingless, adjectivekinglike, adjective

Word Origin for king

Old English cyning; related to Old High German kunig king, Danish konge



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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Word Origin and History for kinger


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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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