1. overkill

noun. ['ˈoʊvɝˌkɪl'] the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required.


  • capableness


  • incapableness
  • incapacity


  • kill (English)
  • killen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Overkill

  • brunskill
  • catskill
  • corkill
  • fishkill
  • freshkill
  • gaskill
  • schuylkill
  • thrailkill

How do you pronounce overkill?

Pronounce overkill as ˈoʊvərˌkɪl.

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Sentences with overkill

1. Adjective
That's probably overkill for your neighborhood celebration, but it does give you a place to start.

2. Verb, past participle
While 6-foot and 3-foot lengths are easy to find, these may be overkill in a stack.

3. Modal
That is overkill for indoor use.

4. Adverb
They are also handy for smaller cuts where a miter saw might be considered overkill.

Quotes about overkill

1. Yeah? Can you draw a skeleton riding a motorcycle with flames coming out of it? And I want a pirate hat on the skeleton. And a parrot on his shoulder. A skeleton parrot. Or maybe a ninja skeleton parrot? No, that would be overkill. But it'd be cool if the biker skeleton could be shooting some ninja throwing stars. That are on fire.
- Richelle Mead, Bloodlines

2. It just seems like overkill when you already have a dagger and I have superpowerful magic at my disposal.”“‘Superpowerful?’”He stood up, a gold chain dangling from his fingers. “Let me remind you of two words, Mercer: Bad. Dog.
- Rachel Hawkins, Demonglass

2. overkill

noun. ['ˈoʊvɝˌkɪl'] any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal.


  • sweat
  • effort
  • travail
  • elbow grease


  • inactivity
  • best
  • incapable
  • inability


  • kill (English)
  • killen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • over- (English)
  • over- (Middle English (1100-1500))