Killer



[kil-er] /ˈkɪl ər/

noun
1.
a person or thing that .
2.
.
3.
a device used by a post office for printing cancellations on postage stamps.
4.
a mark of cancellation made on a postage stamp.
5.
Slang. something or someone having a formidable impact, devastating effect, etc.:
The math test was a real killer.
adjective, Slang.
6.
severe; powerful:
a killer cold.
7.
very difficult or demanding:
a killer chess tournament.
8.
highly effective; superior:
a killer recipe for fried chicken.
/ˈkɪlə/
noun
1.

2.
something, esp a task or activity, that is particularly taxing or exhausting
3.
(Austral & NZ) an animal selected to be slaughtered for food
n.

late 15c., agent noun from kill (v.). But a surname, Ric[hard] Le Kyller is attested from 1288. Figurative use from 1550s. Meaning “impressive person or thing” is by 1900 (as an adjective, 1979); reduplicated form killer-diller attested by 1938. Killer whale is from 1725; killer instinct is attested from 1931, originally in boxing.

adjective

(also killer-diller): not only was it a killer version/ The killer idea of the century is about to be laid on you (1970s+)

noun

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