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kill (overwhelm)

Definition:

to overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

killed

Present participle:

killing

3rd-person singular present:

kills

Type of:

overwhelm » arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!

Etymology:

[verb] "to strike, hit, beat, knock"; early 14th century, "to deprive of ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of kill...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

kill | kill oneself [sense-specific] | kill two birds with one stone [sense-specific] | in at the kill [sense-specific] | destroy [synonym, sense-specific] | exhaust [synonym, sense-specific] | stop [synonym, sense-specific] | trap [synonym, sense-specific]

also intr; when tr, sometimes followed by off to cause the death of (a person or animal) | to put an end to; destroy | to make (time) pass quickly, ... (28 of 869 words, 21 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

kill | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | kills [3rd-person singular present] | if it kills you | I'll kill him/her/them | kill or cure | kill two birds with one stone | kill yourself | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to make a person or other living thing die | [transitive, always progressive, informal] if part of your body is killing you, ... (22 of 535 words, 12 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/kill

kill [countable, usually singular, noun] | kills [plural] | be in at the kill | move/close/go in for the kill

an act in which a hunted animal is killed ; an animal that has been killed, especially for food | "be in at the kill": to watch someone or something ... (29 of 98 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

kill [entry 1] | move in | close in | by | kill someone/thing off | kill someone off | kill out | kill oneself | be in at the kill | ...

cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing) | ("kill someone/thing off") : get rid of or destroy completely, especially in large ... (24 of 521 words, 28 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kill

kill [entry 2]

Syllabification: (kill) Entry from United States Dictionary | [place names, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania] a stream, creek, or tributary (19 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kill--2

Merriam-Webster:

kill [entry 1, verb] | carry off [synonym, sense-specific] | claim [synonym, sense-specific] | croak [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | dispatch [synonym, sense-specific] | do in [synonym, sense-specific] | fell [synonym, sense-specific] | slay [synonym, sense-specific] | take [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to deprive of life; cause the death of ; to slaughter (as a hog) for food ; to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering | to put an ... (32 of 505 words, 10 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kill

kill [entry 2, noun]

an act or instance of killing ; a decisive act that conclusively secures something (as a deal or win) | something killed: as ; an animal shot in a ... (28 of 98 words, 2 definitions)

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kill [entry 3, noun] | Kill | channel [synonym] | creek [synonym]

"channel", "creek" [used chiefly in place names in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York] (13 of 28 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

kill | kill off [sense-specific] | kill with kindness [sense-specific] | kill shot [sports, sense-specific]

to deprive of life in any manner; cause the death of; slay. | to destroy; do away with; extinguish. | to destroy or neutralize the active qualities ... (25 of 466 words, 32 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

kill | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | kills [3rd-person singular present] | kill off

To put to death. | To deprive of life | To put an end to; extinguish | To destroy a vitally essential quality in | To cause to cease operating; turn ... (27 of 327 words, 25 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

kill

to cause the death of; make die | to destroy the vital or active qualities of ; to destroy; put an end to; ruin | to prevent the passage of ... (28 of 214 words, 19 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

kill | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | assassinate [synonym, sense-specific] | bump off [synonym, sense-specific] | ice [synonym, sense-specific] | knock off [synonym, sense-specific] | liquidate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

The act of killing. | Specifically, the death blow. | The result of killing; that which has been killed. | [volleyball] The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally. | [transitive] To put to death; to extinguish the life of. | ... (40 of 205 words, 18 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Kill [disambiguation]

may refer to: To cause the death of a living organism | Kill (body of water) | Kill, County Kildare, Ireland | Kill, County Waterford, Ireland | Kill, County Tyrone, a townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland | Kill!, a film | Kill (album), by... (39 of 161 words, 16 definitions)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

kill [entry 1]

to cause someone or something to die (7 of 37 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kill 1

kill [entry 2] | kill off

to stop or destroy a relationship, activity or experience | ("kill off") [United States, informal] to drink all of something (19 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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kill [entry 3, informal]

to cause someone a lot of effort or difficulty (9 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kill 3

kill [entry 4, informal]

to cause someone a lot of pain (7 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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kill [entry 5, informal]

If you say that someone will kill you, you mean that they will be very angry with you (18 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kill 5

kill [entry 6] | kill yourself

[United States, informal] to make someone laugh a lot | "kill yourself": [informal] to laugh very much (16 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kill 6

kill [entry 7]

an animal or bird which has been hunted and killed, or the action of killing (15 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kill 7

Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

kill [entry 1] | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

to cause the death of a person, animal, or other organism | to cause something to end or be ruined | to destroy or severely damage an essential, often ... (27 of 851 words, 19 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677620​/definition​.html  [offline]

kill [entry 2, regional] | kills [plural]

a stream, channel, or waterway (5 of 48 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677621​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

kill

First use: about 1200

Origin: [verb] "to strike, hit, beat, knock"; early 14th century, "to deprive of ... | [noun] "stream", 1630s, American English, from Dutch kil, from ... (24 of 144 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=kill

Wiktionary:

kill | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen ("to strike, beat, cut"), possibly a variant of Old English ... | Middle Dutch kille via Dutch kil (22 of 88 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kill

Collins Dictionary:

kill

First use: 13th century | 17th century

Origin: cullen; perhaps related to Old English cwellan to kill; compare German (Westphalian dialect) küllen; see quell | from Middle ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kill

New World Dictionary:

kill

Origin: Middle English kullen, killen from perhaps Old English ... | Dutch kil from Middle Dutch kille, akin to Old Norse kīll, inlet (21 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kill

American Heritage Dictionary:

kill | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | kills [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English killen, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots. | Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kill

Oxford Dictionary:

kill [entry 1] | move in | close in | by | kill someone/thing off | kill someone off | kill out | kill oneself

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "strike, beat", also "put to death"): probably of Germanic origin and related to "quell". The noun originally denoted a ... (24 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kill

kill [entry 2]

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille "riverbed, channel"

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Merriam-Webster:

kill [entry 1, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; akin to Old English cwellan to kill

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kill

kill [entry 3, noun] | Kill

First use: 1669

Origin: Dutch kil

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Encarta Dictionary:

kill [entry 1] | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: assumed Old English cyllan from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677620​/definition​.html  [offline]

kill [entry 2, regional] | kills [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Dutch kil "channel"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677621​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

kill | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kill"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kill

Collins Dictionary:

kill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kill"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kill

Macmillan British Dictionary:

kill | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | kills [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "kill"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/kill

kill [countable, usually singular, noun] | kills [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "kill"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

kill [verb] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle] | kills [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kill"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/kill

kill [countable, usually singular, noun] | kills [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kill"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

kill [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "kill"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "kill"

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the Free Dictionary:

kill

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "kill"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "kill"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "kill" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

kill | kills [plural] | killed [past tense] | killing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "kill"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

kill

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kill"

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YourDictionary Audio:

kill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kill" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Kill

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Kill" by speech synthesizer

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