/kɪŋ / (say king)

1. a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure (and usually by hereditary right) the position of official ruler, sometimes titular only, in a country.
2. (upper case) (a title given by Australian colonists to Aboriginal leaders): King Billy.
3. (upper case) God or Christ: King of Kings; King of Heaven.
4. a person or thing pre-eminent in its class: the lion is the king of beasts.
5. a playing card bearing the formalised picture of a king, in most games counting as next highest below the ace, or highest, in its suit.
6. the chief piece in a game of chess, moving one square at a time in any direction.
7. a piece that has moved entirely across the board in the game of draughts and has been crowned.
8. Colloquial
a. someone who displays the greatest expertise in some field.
b. World War I (a combining form, as in brass king, dugout king, furphy king, etc.)
9. a man who has grown wealthy and powerful from a specified industry: cattle king; wool king.
10. Colloquial a king prawn.
11. Also, Chiefly Qld, NT, WA, SA and Victoria, brandy; Chiefly NSW, ACT and Tasmania, brandings. a children's game in which a ball, usually a tennis ball, is thrown at other players with such force that a red mark appears on the skin.
12. especially large: king size; king prawn; king bed.
verb (t)
13. Colloquial to king-hit: he kinged his brother.
{Middle English; Old English cyng, cyning}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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