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1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2

killingly, adverb
self-killing, adjective
unkilling, adjective Unabridged
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killing (ˈkɪlɪŋ)
1.  informal very tiring; exhausting: a killing pace
2.  informal extremely funny; hilarious
3.  causing death; fatal
4.  the act of causing death; slaying
5.  informal a sudden stroke of success, usually financial, as in speculations on the stock market (esp in the phrase make a killing)

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "to strike, hit, beat, knock." Sense of "to deprive of life" first recorded early 14c. Perhaps from an unrecorded variant of O.E. cwellan "to kill" (see quell), but the earliest sense suggests otherwise. The noun meaning "an act of killing (an animal)" is from 1852.
Lawn tennis serve sense is from 1903. The kill "the knockout" is boxing jargon, 1950. Killer in slang sense of "impressive person or thing" first recorded 1937; as an adj., 1979. Killjoy is first recorded 1776; formerly used with other stems (cf. kill-courtesy "boorish person," kill-cow "bully, big man," etc.). Sense in to kill time is from 1728. Killer whale is from 1725. Killing "large profit" is 1888, Amer.Eng. slang. Kill-devil, colloquial for "rum," especially if new or of bad quality, is from 1630s.

"stream," 1639, Amer.Eng., from Du. kil, from M.Du. kille "riverbed," especially in place names (e.g. Schuylkill). A common Gmc. word, the O.N. form, kill, meant "bay, gulf" and gave its name to Kiel Fjord on the German Baltic coast and thence to Kiel, the port city founded there in 1240.
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