see also: King
  • enPR: kĭng, IPA: /kɪŋ/
  • (America, pre-/ŋ/ tensing), IPA: /kiŋ/

king (plural kings)

  1. A male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.
    Henry VIII was the king of England from 1509 to 1547.
  2. A powerful or majorly influential person.
    Howard Stern styled himself as the "king of all media".
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came […] and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. […]"
  3. Something that has a preeminent position.
    In times of financial panic, cash is king.
  4. A component of certain games.
    1. (chess) The principal chess piece, that players seek to threaten with unavoidable capture to result in a victory by checkmate. It is often the tallest piece, with a symbolic crown with a cross at the top.
    2. (card games) A playing card with the letter "K" and the image of a king on it, the thirteenth card in a given suit.
    3. A checker (a piece of checkers/draughts) that reached the farthest row forward, thus becoming crowned (either by turning it upside-down, or by stacking another checker on it) and gaining more freedom of movement.
  5. (UK, slang) A king skin.
    Oi mate, have you got kings?
  6. A male dragonfly; a drake.
  7. A king-sized bed.
    • 2002, Scott W. Donkin, Gerard Meyer, Peak Performance: Body and Mind (page 119)
      Try asking for a king-size bed next time because kings are usually firmer.
  8. (US, slang) A male person.

king (kings, present participle kinging; past and past participle kinged)

  1. To crown king, to make (a person) king.
    • 1982, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Review, Volume 47, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=42MYTpSCKa7smAW4q9kR&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCTg8 page 16],
      The kinging of Macbeth is the business of the first part of the play […] .
    • 2008, William Shakespeare, A. R. Braunmuller (editor), Macbeth, Introduction, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=oHsYTtOzFqyemQXKpqgC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAjjIAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 24],
      One narrative is the kinging and unkinging of Macbeth; the other narrative is the attack on Banquo's line and that line's eventual accession and supposed Jacobean survival through Malcolm's successful counter-attack on Macbeth.
  2. To rule over as king.
    • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, The Life of Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 4,
      And let us do it with no show of fear; / No, with no more than if we heard that England / Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance; / For, my good liege, she is so idly king’d, / Her sceptre so fantastically borne / By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, / That fear attends her not.
  3. To perform the duties of a king.
    • 1918, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, The Railroad Trainman, Volume 35, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=a2sYTr7mGfDRmAWpn5kn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBjha page 675],
      He had to do all his kinging after supper, which left him no time for roystering with the nobility and certain others.
    • 2001, Chip R. Bell, Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=oHsYTtOzFqyemQXKpqgC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CE0Q6AEwCDjIAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 6],
      Second, Mentor (the old man) combined the wisdom of experience with the sensitivity of a fawn in his attempts to convey kinging skills to young Telemachus.
  4. To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
    • 1917, Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=54gYTtP2K8b-mAWP6vwg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwATjcAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 32],
      The seating arrangement of the temple was the Almanach de Gotha of Congregation Emanu-el. Old Ben Reitman, patriarch among the Jewish settlers of Winnebago, who had come over an immigrant youth, and who now owned hundreds of rich farm acres, besides houses, mills and banks, kinged it from the front seat of the center section.
  5. To promote a piece of draughts/checkers that has traversed the board to the opposite side, that piece subsequently being permitted to move backwards as well as forwards.
    • 1957, Bertram Vivian Bowden (editor), Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=l2YYTv67Ga_3mAXHu4T7Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBDhG page 302],
      If the machine does this, it will lose only one point, and as it is not looking far enough ahead, it cannot see that it has not prevented its opponent from kinging but only postponed the evil day.
    • 1986, Rick DeMarinis, The Burning Women of Far Cry, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=BncYTqSEEczzmAXU6dykDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBTiWAQ page 100],
      I was about to make a move that would corner a piece that she was trying to get kinged, but I slid my checker back […] .
  6. To dress and perform as a drag king.
    • 2008, Audrey Yue, King Victoria: Asian Drag Kings, Postcolonial Female Masculinity, and Hybrid Sexuality in Australia, in Fran Martin, Peter Jackson, Audrey Yue, Mark McLelland (editors), AsiaPacifQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities, [|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=kVoYTpXkNofMmAXHjoS1CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAjgU#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 266],
      Through the ex-centric diaspora, kinging in postcolonial Australia has become a site of critical hybridity where diasporic female masculinities have emerged through the contestations of "home" and "host" cultures.
Translations Noun

king (plural kings)

  1. Alternative form of qing Chinese musical instrument

  • IPA: /kɪŋ/, /kiŋ/
Proper noun
  1. The title of a king.
  2. Surname, originally a nickname for someone who either acted as if he were a king or had worked in the king's household.
  3. (UK, rail transport) King class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.

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