killing


1kill·ing

noun \ˈki-liŋ\

: an act of killing someone or something

: a large amount of money

Full Definition of KILLING

1
:  the act of one that kills
2
:  kill 2a
3
:  a sudden notable gain or profit <made a killing in the stock market>

Examples of KILLING

  1. The oil spill is responsible for the killing of thousands of birds.

First Known Use of KILLING

15th century

2killing

adjective

Definition of KILLING

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>
kill·ing·ly \-lē\ adverb

Examples of KILLING

  1. <he's usually quiet, but occasionally unleashes some killing remark that cracks everyone up>
  2. <a killing schedule that requires the touring company to play in a different city every night>

First Known Use of KILLING

15th century

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