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killing

[kil-ing] /ˈkɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that kills.
2.
the total game killed on a hunt.
3.
a quick and unusually large profit or financial gain:
a killing in the stock market.
adjective
4.
that kills.
5.
exhausting:
a killing pace.
6.
Informal. irresistibly funny.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (gerund); see kill1, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
killingly, adverb
self-killing, adjective
unkilling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un killing

killing

/ˈkɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(informal) very tiring; exhausting: a killing pace
2.
(informal) extremely funny; hilarious
3.
causing death; fatal
noun
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)
Derived Forms
killingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un killing

killing

adj.

mid-15c., present participle adjective from kill (v.). Meaning "very funny" is from 1844. As a noun, "large profit," 1886, American English slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for un killing

killing

adjective

Excellent; fresh, great, killer, way rad: And good things are known as ''rad, tough, booming, legit, fly, kill, killing, chilling, fresh or nasty''

Related Terms

make a killing

[1980s+ Teenagers; the sense ''fascinating, bewitching, irresistible'' is found by 1619, but the current use is an independent phenomenon rather than a survival]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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