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All 4 letters words made out of king

king ikng knig nkig inkg nikg kign ikgn kgin gkin igkn gikn kngi nkgi kgni gkni ngki gnki ingk nigk ignk gink ngik gnik

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Definitions and meaning of king


Alternative forms

  • kyng, kynge (archaic)
  • kinge (obsolete)


  • enPR: kĭng, IPA(key): /kɪŋ/
  • (US, pre-/ŋ/ tensing), IPA(key): /kiŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1

From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning (king), from Proto-West Germanic *kuning, from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz (king), equivalent to kin +‎ -ing.

Cognate with Scots keeng (king), North Frisian köning (king), West Frisian kening (king), Dutch koning (king), Low German Koning, Köning (king), German König (king), Danish konge (king), Norwegian konge, Swedish konung, kung (king), Icelandic konungur, kóngur (king), Finnish kuningas (king), Russian князь (knjazʹ, prince), княги́ня (knjagínja, princess). Eclipsed non-native Middle English roy (king), borrowed from Old French roi, rei, rai (king).


king (plural kings)

  1. A male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.
  2. A powerful or majorly influential person.
    • "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came [] and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. []"
  3. Something that has a preeminent position.
  4. A component of certain games.
    1. (chess) The principal chess piece, that players seek to threaten with unavoidable capture to result in a victory by checkmate. It is often the tallest piece, with a symbolic crown with a cross at the top.
    2. (card games) A playing card with the letter "K" and the image of a king on it, the thirteenth card in a given suit.
    3. A checker (a piece of checkers/draughts) that reached the farthest row forward, thus becoming crowned (either by turning it upside-down, or by stacking another checker on it) and gaining more freedom of movement.
  5. (Britain, slang) A king skin.
  6. A male dragonfly; a drake.
  7. A king-sized bed.
    • 2002, Scott W. Donkin, Gerard Meyer, Peak Performance: Body and Mind (page 119)
      Try asking for a king-size bed next time because kings are usually firmer.
  8. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (US, slang) A male person.
Coordinate terms
  • (monarch): emperor, empress, maharajah, prince, princess, queen, regent, royalty, viceroy, shah, czar, tsar, kaiser, caesar
  • (playing card): ace, jack, joker, queen
Derived terms

See king/translations § Noun.

See also


king (third-person singular simple present kings, present participle kinging, simple past and past participle kinged)

  1. To crown king, to make (a person) king.
    • 1982, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Review, Volume 47, page 16,
      The kinging of Macbeth is the business of the first part of the play [] .
    • 2008, William Shakespeare, A. R. Braunmuller (editor), Macbeth, Introduction, page 24,
      One narrative is the kinging and unkinging of Macbeth; the other narrative is the attack on Banquo's line and that line's eventual accession and supposed Jacobean survival through Malcolm's successful counter-attack on Macbeth.
  2. To rule over as king.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, The Life of Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 4,
      And let us do it with no show of fear; / No, with no more than if we heard that England / Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance; / For, my good liege, she is so idly king’d, / Her sceptre so fantastically borne / By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, / That fear attends her not.
  3. To perform the duties of a king.
    • 1918, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, The Railroad Trainman, Volume 35, page 675,
      He had to do all his kinging after supper, which left him no time for roystering with the nobility and certain others.
    • 2001, Chip R. Bell, Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning, page 6,
      Second, Mentor (the old man) combined the wisdom of experience with the sensitivity of a fawn in his attempts to convey kinging skills to young Telemachus.
  4. To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
    • 1917, Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself, page 32,
      The seating arrangement of the temple was the Almanach de Gotha of Congregation Emanu-el. Old Ben Reitman, patriarch among the Jewish settlers of Winnebago, who had come over an immigrant youth, and who now owned hundreds of rich farm acres, besides houses, mills and banks, kinged it from the front seat of the center section.
  5. To promote a piece of draughts/checkers that has traversed the board to the opposite side, that piece subsequently being permitted to move backwards as well as forwards.
    • 1957, Bertram Vivian Bowden (editor), Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines, page 302,
      If the machine does this, it will lose only one point, and as it is not looking far enough ahead, it cannot see that it has not prevented its opponent from kinging but only postponed the evil day.
    • 1986, Rick DeMarinis, The Burning Women of Far Cry, page 100,
      I was about to make a move that would corner a piece that she was trying to get kinged, but I slid my checker back [] .
  6. To dress and perform as a drag king.
    • 2008, Audrey Yue, King Victoria: Asian Drag Kings, Postcolonial Female Masculinity, and Hybrid Sexuality in Australia, in Fran Martin, Peter Jackson, Audrey Yue, Mark McLelland (editors), AsiaPacifQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities, page 266,
      Through the ex-centric diaspora, kinging in postcolonial Australia has become a site of critical hybridity where diasporic female masculinities have emerged through the contestations of "home" and "host" cultures.

Etymology 2


king (plural kings)

  1. Alternative form of qing (Chinese musical instrument)


  • gink



From Proto-Finnic *kenkä. Cognate with Finnish kenkä.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkinɡ̊/


king (genitive kinga, partitive kinga)

  1. shoe




Alternative forms

  • keng
  • qng, queng, quing (Spanish variant)



  1. indirect object marker; of, to, at, on, in, into, onto, among, around, for



king m

  1. inflection of kione:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative plural


Middle English

Alternative forms

  • kenin, kening, kinig (in compounds, toponymic)
  • gug, kug (in compounds, influenced by Old Norse (see etymology))
  • knyng (transmission error)
  • ging, keing, keng, kingk, kingue, kink, chinge, chinȝ, cing, cining, cinȝ, kining


Inherited from the Old English cyning. The forms kug (attested in the compounds kugdom, kuglond, and kugriche) and gug (attested in the compound guglond) show the influence of the Old Norse konungr, whence they borrow their root vowel. The early forms featuring syncope (chinge, chinȝ, cing, and cinȝ) may have long ī.


  • IPA(key): /kinɡ/, [kiŋɡ]


king (nominative plural kinges, also the early forms kingas or kingæs)

  1. king

Derived terms

  • Kinges (Bible)
  • kinges of Coloin
  • king of kinges
  • Kingpleie


  • English: king, kyng, kynge
  • Scots: keeng, king


  • “king (n.)” in the Middle English Dictionary (1954–2001)

Tok Pisin


From English king.



  1. king

  • a male hereditary chief ruler or titular head of a nation.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)