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killing

noun kill·ing \ ˈki-liŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of killing

15th century


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killing

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

killingly

play \ˈki-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of killing in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of killing from the Web

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First Known Use of killing

15th century



KILLING Defined for English Language Learners

killing

noun

Definition of killing for English Language Learners

  • : an act of killing someone or something

  • : a large amount of money



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