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killer

Line breaks: kill¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪlə
 
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Definition of killer in English:

noun

1A person or thing that kills: there’s a killer on the loose
More example sentences
  • Despite his protestations of innocence, many in jail believed he was the ruthless killer of a defenceless teenager.
  • To us a mosquito bite is an inconvenience, but for families in Africa it can be a killer.
  • Two generations ago, for example, diabetes was a killer.
Synonyms
literary slayer
dated homicide
cause of death, fatal/deadly illness, destroyer, threat to life, menace, plague, scourge, peril
2 informal An extremely difficult or unpleasant thing: the shift system was a killer
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  • Those 300 squats are a killer but my glutes appreciate them.
  • Deflation is a killer for anyone with a mortgage.
  • Cash-flow is a killer for many businesses that might have a fantastic product or service, but can't afford to bring it to market on their upfront costs and keep operations running.
2.1A formidably impressive person or thing: it s the zoom lens that makes this camera an absolute killer
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  • He has beaten his demons and has kicked out a killer of an album.
  • The berry mimosa is a KILLER (as in good).
  • The pizza here has always been a killer.
2.2A hilarious joke.
Example sentences
  • He can take his time getting to the 'gag' bit because the audience know that when it comes it will be a killer of a punchline.
  • Those witty one-liners were killers.
  • The rabbit punchline was a killer.
3Australian /NZ informal An animal that has been selected for slaughter.

adjective

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1Denoting a person or thing that kills: a killer virus
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  • This third-person shooter game takes place in 3 D mazes where killer robots are running loose.
  • The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and money to fund the research that could one day cure this killer disease.
  • This morning, news was breaking about a new 'killer' flu virus which has just appeared in Asia.
2 informal Extremely difficult or unpleasant: I woke up with a killer hangover
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  • Fatty foods are the only thing that are going to cure this killer hangover.
  • With killer temperatures and a complete whiteout on area highways, traffic was at a standstill and not one hotel room in the entire city was available.
  • After another killer shift in the kitchen, I come home and listen to this and it makes me laugh.
2.1chiefly US Very impressive or effective; excellent: the soundtrack is killer a killer physique
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  • He has a killer smile and very nice eyes.
  • The Grill specializes in delicious, simply prepared fish and salads, big drinks, and killer desserts.
  • Both dishes were totally killer!

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