I. nounDate: 15th century 1. the act of one that kills 2.kill 2a 3. a sudden notable gain or profit <made a killing in the stock market> II. adjectiveDate: 15th century 1. that kills or relates to killing 2. highly amusing 3. extremely difficult to deal with <the suspense is killing>; also calling for great strength, stamina, or endurance <a killing schedule> • killinglyadverb
n. & adj. --n. 1 a the causing of death. b an instance of this. 2 a great (esp. financial) success (make a killing). --adj. colloq. 1 overwhelmingly funny. 2 exhausting; very strenuous. Phrases and idioms: killing-bottle a bottle containing poisonous vapour to kill insects collected as specimens. Derivatives: killingly adv.
Kill Kill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed; p. pr. & vb. n. Killing.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill, strike; perh. the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill (cf. Quell), or perh. rather akin to Icel. kolla to hit in the head, harm, kollr top, summit, head, Sw. kulle, D. kollen to kill with the ax.] 1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay. Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words ! --Shak. 2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book. ``To kill thine honor.'' --Shak. Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. --Shak. 3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind. Be comforted, good madam; the great rage, You see, is killed in him. --Shak. 4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid. To kill time, to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without tediousness. Syn: To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To Kill, Murder, Assassinate. To kill does not necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is tomurder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and murders.
Killing Kill"ing, a. Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. -- Kill"ing*ly, adv. Those eyes are made so killing. --Pope. Nothing could be more killingly spoken. --Milton.
(killings)Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A killing is an act of deliberately killing a person. This is a brutal killing.= murder N-COUNT 2. If you make a killing, you make a large profit very quickly and easily. (INFORMAL) They have made a killing on the deal.PHRASE: V and N inflect