roadkill

play
noun road·kill \ˈrōd-ˌkil\

Definition of roadkill

  1. 1 :  the remains of an animal that has been killed on a road by a motor vehicle

  2. 2 :  one that falls victim to intense competition <political roadkill>

road–killed

play \-ˌkild\ adjective

Examples of roadkill in a sentence

  1. There is a lot of roadkill along the highway.

1972

First Known Use of roadkill

1972


ROADKILL Defined for English Language Learners

roadkill

play
noun road·kill \ˈrōd-ˌkil\

Definition of roadkill for English Language Learners

  • : animals that have been killed by being hit by cars and other vehicles


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up roadkill? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ