perishing

[ per-i-shing ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪ ʃɪŋ /

adjective

causing destruction, ruin, extreme discomfort, or death: lost in the perishing cold.

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Origin of perishing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at perish, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM perishing

per·ish·ing·ly, adverbnon·per·ish·ing, adjectiveun·per·ish·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perishing

perishing
/ (ˈpɛrɪʃɪŋ) /

adjective

informal (of weather, etc) extremely cold
slang (intensifier qualifying something undesirable)it's a perishing nuisance!

Derived forms of perishing

perishingly, adverb
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