Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of terminating a life
  2. (noun, act) the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
  3. (verb, contact) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
    The farmer killed a pig for the holidays
  4. (verb, social) thwart the passage of
    he shot down the student's proposal
  5. (verb, change) end or extinguish by forceful means
  6. (verb, stative) be fatal
    drunken driving kills
  7. (verb, perception) be the source of great pain for
  8. (verb, emotion) overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
  9. (verb, contact) hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
  10. (verb, contact) hit with great force
  11. (verb, contact) deprive of life
  12. (verb, contact) cause the death of, without intention
  13. (verb, consumption) drink down entirely
    She killed a bottle of brandy that night
    They popped a few beer after work
  14. (verb, change) mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
  15. (verb, change) tire out completely
  16. (verb, change) cause to cease operating
  17. (verb, change) destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Kill

  1. c.1200, "to strike, hit, beat, knock." Sense of "to deprive of life" first recorded early 14c. Perhaps from an unrecorded variant of O.E. cwellan "to kill" (see quell), but the earliest sense suggests otherwise. The noun meaning "an act of killing (an animal)" is from 1852. Lawn tennis serve sense is from 1903. The kill "the knockout" is boxing jargon, 1950. Ki… more
  2. "stream," 1639, Amer.Eng., from Du. kil, from M.Du. kille "riverbed," especially in place names (e.g. Schuylkill). A common Gmc. word, the O.N. form, kill, meant "bay, gulf" and gave its name to Kiel Fjord on the German Baltic coast and thence to Kiel, the port city founded there in 1240. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Kill

kahlua, kahoolawe, kail, kale, kali, keel, kekule, kelly, keyhole, kigali, kiley, kiliwa, kiliwi, kilo, kiswahili, klee, koala, koellia, kohl, kola, kwela, kwell, kylie

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