road·​kill | \ ˈrōd-ˌkil How to pronounce roadkill (audio) \

Definition of roadkill

1 : the remains of an animal that has been killed on a road by a motor vehicle
2 : one that falls victim to intense competition political roadkill

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road-killed \ ˈrōd-​ˌkild How to pronounce road-killed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of roadkill in a Sentence

There is a lot of roadkill along the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web Labour, which is trying to position itself in the middle ground on both Brexit and independence, looks like being roadkill. The Economist, "Scotland’s three-dimensional election," 30 Nov. 2019 Scary ugly, yes, but slogan-friendly: Every opponent is just roadkill for the Washington Vultures. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "Washington’s sports teams have been a treat lately, except the one with that name," 8 Oct. 2019 Seeker’s Wild wasn’t meant to be any Tom Brown–esque survival cult or a school for roadkill-eating rewilders. Frank Bures, Outside Online, "How a Midwestern Survival Camp Is Uniting the Outdoors," 17 Oct. 2019 Fashing only knows of one roadkill monkey, but that road is being paved and powerlines have arrived in many places. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 Currently, animals hoping to cross the highway are at high risk of becoming roadkill; as a result, most are essentially trapped in the Santa Monica Mountains, unable to venture out in search of food and potential mates. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "California Will Build the Largest Wildlife Crossing in the World," 21 Aug. 2019 Animals may come also to haunt roadsides, as many people feed them from cars, putting them at risk of becoming roadkill. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 Near the entrance to the facility, five or six black vultures brunched on roadkill. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Fleshy and smooshed, the image is more reminiscent of roadkill than a human eye. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of roadkill

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roadkill was in 1946

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Roadkill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadkill

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

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