• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɜːdə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɝ.dɚ/


  1. (uncountable) The crime of deliberately killing another person without justification.
    The defendant was charged with murder.
  2. (countable) The act of deliberate killing of another person or other being without justification, especially with malice aforethought.
    There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.
    • 1984, Humphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard, The Oxford companion to children's literature, page 275:
      It may be guessed, indeed, that this was the original form of the story, the fairy being the addition of those who considered Jack's thefts from (and murder of) the giant to be scarcely justified without her.
  3. (uncountable, legal, in jurisdictions which use the felony murder rule) The commission of an act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a human.
  4. (uncountable, used as a predicative noun) Something terrible to endure.
    This headache is murder.
  5. (countable, collective) A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.
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murder (murders, present participle murdering; past and past participle murdered)

  1. To deliberately kill#Verb|kill (a person or persons) without justification, especially with malice aforethought.
    The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband.
    • 1577, Raphaell Holinshed, “[The Historie of Englande.]”, in The Firste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande […], volume I, London: Imprinted [by Henry Bynneman] for Iohn Harrison, OCLC 55195564 ↗, page 26 ↗, columns 1–2:
      In the meane time it chaunced, that Marcus Papyrius ſtroke one of the Galles on the heade with his ſtaffe, because he preſumed to ſtroke his bearde: with whiche iniurie the Gaulle beeing prouoked, ſlue Papyrius (as he ſate) with hys ſworde, and therewith the ſlaughter being begun with one, all the reſidue of thoſe auncient fatherly men as they ſat in theyr Chayres were ſlaine and cruelly murthered.
  2. (transitive, sports, figuratively, colloquial, hyperbolic) To defeat#Verb|defeat decisively.
    Our team is going to murder them.
  3. (figuratively, colloquial, hyperbolic) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
    He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!
  4. To botch or mangle#Verb|mangle.
  5. (figuratively, colloquial, British) To devour, ravish.
    I could murder a hamburger right now.
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