(countable and uncountable, plural murders)
- (countable) An act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human.
- There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.
- (uncountable) The crime of deliberate killing of another human.
- The defendant was charged with murder.
- (uncountable, law, 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.
- Ryan Holle is serving life in prison for murder because he loaned his car to his housemate to go get food, his housemate instead drove three people to another house, one of those people inflicted an injury on a fourth person, and that fourth person died.
- (uncountable, used as a predicative noun) Something terrible to endure.
- This headache is murder.
- (countable) A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.
(third-person singular simple present murders, present participle murdering, simple past and past participle murdered)
- To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
- The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband.
- (sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.
- Our team is going to murder them.
- To botch or mangle
- (figuratively, colloquial) 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!
- (figuratively, colloquial, UK) to devour, ravish.
- I could murder a hamburger right now.
From Middle English murder, murdre, mourdre "murder", alteration of earlier murthre (“murder") (see murther) from Old English morÃ¾or (“secret slaying, unlawful killing") and Old English myrÃ¾ra (“murder, homicide"), both from Proto-Germanic *murÃ¾rÄ… (“death, killing, murder"), from Proto-Indo-European *mrtro- (“killing"), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr- (“to die"). Akin to Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ°ðŒ¿ð‚ðŒ¸ð‚ (maurÃ¾r, “murder"), Old High German mord (“murder"), Old Norse morÃ° (“murder"), Old English myrÃ¾rian (“to murder") and morÃ¾.
The -d- in the Middle English form may have been influenced in part by Anglo-Norman murdre, from Medieval Latin murdrum from Old French murdre, from Frankish *murÃ¾ra "murder", from the same Germanic root, though this may also have wholly been the result of internal development (compare burden, from burthen).