Stabbed vs Killed - What's the difference?

stabbed | killed |

As verbs the difference between stabbed and killed

is that stabbed is (stab) while killed is (kill).

As an adjective killed is

(metallurgy|of steel) deoxidized.




  • (stab)

  • stab


    (wikipedia stab)


    (en noun)
  • An act of stabbing or thrusting with an object.
  • A wound made by stabbing.
  • Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.
  • (informal) An attempt.
  • I'll give this thankless task a stab .
  • Criticism.
  • (music) A single staccato chord that adds dramatic impact to a composition.
  • a horn stab

    Derived terms

    * have a stab at, take a stab at * stabbing * stabby * stab vest * stab in the dark * stab in the back


  • To pierce or to wound (somebody) with a pointed tool or weapon, especially a knife or dagger.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“There the cause of death was soon ascertained?; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]”}}
  • To thrust in a stabbing motion.
  • To recklessly hit with the tip of a pointed object, such as a weapon or finger .
  • * (John Dryden)
  • None shall dare / With shortened sword to stab in closer war.
  • To cause a sharp, painful sensation .
  • (figurative) To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander.
  • Derived terms

    * stabber




  • (kill)
  • Derived terms

    * must have killed a Chinaman


  • (metallurgy, of steel) deoxidized