killing Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “killing” in the English Dictionary

"killing" in British English

See all translations

killingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/
B1 an ​occasion when a ​person is ​murdered: a ​series of ​brutal killings
More examples


uk   us   /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/

killing adjective (EFFORT)

informal making you ​feelextremelytired: We had to do some killing ​stomachexercises last ​night.

killing adjective (FUNNY)

old-fashioned extremelyfunny: She told us a killing ​story about her ​weddingday.
(Definition of killing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"killing" in Business English

See all translations

killingnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈkɪlɪŋ/
make a killing informal to ​earn a lot of ​money in a ​shorttime and with little ​effort: They made a killing when they ​sold their London ​flat at the ​top of the ​market.
(Definition of killing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “killing”
in Arabic قَتل…
in Korean 죽임…
in Portuguese assassinato…
in Catalan assassinat…
in Japanese 殺人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谋杀…
in Turkish öldürme, cinayet…
in Russian убийство…
in Chinese (Traditional) 謀殺…
in Italian uccisione, assassinio…
in Polish zabójstwo, śmierć…
What is the pronunciation of killing?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“killing” in British English

Word of the Day

be nothing short of

used to emphasize a situation, quality, or type of behaviour

Word of the Day

Coffee culture
Coffee culture
by Colin McIntosh,
November 24, 2015
In a study published recently and widely reported in the media, researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health found that people who drink a moderate amount of coffee per day are less likely to die from a range of diseases. Good news for coffee drinkers, who make up an ever-increasing proportion

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More