Definitions and meaning of kill
- IPA(key): /kɪl/
- Rhymes: -ɪl
- From Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen (“to strike, beat, cut”), perhaps from Old English *cyllan, from Proto-Germanic *kwuljaną << Proto-Indo-European *kelh₂- (“to beat, strike”).
- Or, possibly a variant of Old English cwellan (“to kill, murder, execute”) (see quell)
- Or, from Old Norse kolla (“to hit on the head, harm”), related to Norwegian kylla (“to poll”), Middle Dutch kollen (“to knock down”), Icelandic kollur (“top, head”); see also coll, cole).
Compare also Middle Dutch killen, kellen (“to kill”), Middle Low German killen (“to ache strongly, cause one great pain”), Middle High German kellen (“to torment; torture”).
kill (third-person singular simple present kills, present participle killing, simple past and past participle killed)
- (transitive) To put to death; to extinguish the life of.
- (transitive) To render inoperative.
- 1978, John Farris, The Fury
- Peter: Ask Childers if it was worth his arm.
- Policeman: What did you do to his arm, Peter?
- Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun.
- (transitive, figurative) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.
- (transitive, figurative, hyperbolic) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.
- (transitive, figurative, hyperbolic) To cause great pain, discomfort, or distress to.
- (transitive, figurative) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in.
- (transitive) To use up or to waste.
- (transitive, figurative, informal) To exert an overwhelming effect on.
- (transitive, figurative, hyperbolic) To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.
- (transitive) To force a company out of business.
- (intransitive, informal, hyperbolic) To produce intense pain.
- (figurative, informal, hyperbolic, transitive) To punish severely.
- (transitive, sports) To strike (a ball, etc.) with such force and placement as to make a shot that is impossible to defend against, usually winning a point.
- (transitive, sports) To cause (a ball, etc.) to be out of play, resulting in a stoppage of gameplay.
- To succeed with an audience, especially in comedy.
- (mathematics, transitive, informal) To cause to assume the value zero.
- (computing, Internet, IRC, transitive) To disconnect (a user) involuntarily from the network.
- (metallurgy) To deadmelt.
- (to put to death): assassinate, bump off, dispatch, ice, knock off, liquidate, murder, rub out, slaughter, slay, top, whack
- (to use up or waste): fritter away, while away
- (to render inoperative): break, deactivate, disable, turn off
- (to exert an overwhelming effect on): annihilate (informal)
- See also Thesaurus:kill
kill (plural kills)
- The act of killing.
- Specifically, the death blow.
- The result of killing; that which has been killed.
- If ye plunder his kill' from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride.
- (volleyball) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.
- 2011, the 34th Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame, in Catawba College's Campus Magazine, Spring/Summer 2011, page 21:
- As a senior in 1993, Turner had a kill percentage of 40.8, which was a school record at the time and the best in the SAC. Turner concluded her volleyball career with 1,349 kills, ranking fifth all-time at Catawba.
- in for the kill
- thrill kill
Borrowing from Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.
kill (plural kills)
- (north-east US) A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea.
kill (plural kills)
- A kiln.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)
- Imperative singular of killen.
- (colloquial) First-person singular present of killen.
Related to Finnish kylvää.
Related to Estonian kõlama.
- make noise
- IPA(key): /kil/
- Rhymes: -il
From Old High German kuoli, from Proto-West Germanic *kōl(ī), from Proto-Germanic *kōlaz. Cognate with German kühl, English cool, Dutch koel, Low German kool.
kill (masculine killen, neuter killt, comparative méi kill, superlative am killsten)
- second-person singular imperative of killen
From Proto-Samic *kielë.
- Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages, Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland
From Old Norse kið
- female kid (young goat)
- to put to death.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)