Definition of killing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiliNG/


An act of causing death, especially deliberately.
Example sentences
  • The village of Murma is in shock over the brutal killings of two young boys by their teacher.
  • The brutal killings, many of which were committed using knives and swords, had begun.
  • Officers at the scene said it was one of the most brutal killings they had ever seen.
murder, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, elimination, putting to death, execution;
literary slaying


1Causing death: [in combination]: weed-killing
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  • Most are fighting chickens he breeds for death in the killing pits across the state line in Louisiana.
  • This killing stock transmits death to the branches upon it.
  • Cancer is one of the four big killing diseases in childhood; after leukaemia, tumours of the central nervous system are the most common cancers in childhood.
1.1 informal Exhausting; unbearable: the suspense will be killing
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  • Fatigue is the killing weight of expectation; and that burden is another good reason for fearing the worst.
  • DH is the supervisor of the maintenance area and is having problems keeping people, and the killing schedule is a big part of the reason.
  • Sounds like a killing timetable dear - try to take care of yourself in all this!
exhausting, grueling, punishing, taxing, draining, wearing, prostrating, crushing, tiring, fatiguing, debilitating, enervating, arduous, tough, demanding, onerous, strenuous, rigorous
informal murderous


make a killing

Have a great financial success: they’re a safe investment, you can make a killing overnight
More example sentences
  • The companies and financial advisers involved made a killing from selling these policies - until the consequences began to come to light.
  • If a 14-year-old with a Net connection could move markets and make a killing, all that supposed training and experience of financial analysts was an elaborate fiction.
  • In the short term, anybody with a view to making a killing will be disappointed.
make a large profit, make a/one's fortune, make money, rake it in, clean up, cash in, make a pretty penny, make big bucks



Pronunciation: /ˈkiliNGlē/
Example sentences
  • The story gives us one killingly funny observation after another: ‘Parker and his graduate student colleagues liked to theorize about the real world.’
  • It seems a strange role for him, very British in its humour and, on the page at least, killingly unfunny.
  • To my mind, Alan's film is daring, experimental, ballsy - it's something new, for Christ's sake, new! - and killingly funny.

Words that rhyme with killing

deskilling, filling, grilling, Pilling, quilling, Schilling, self-fulfilling, shilling, Trilling, unfulfilling, willing

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Syllabification: kill·ing

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