Definition of


  1. (noun, group) people who are no longer living
  2. (noun, time) a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
  3. (adj, all) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
    a dead pallor
    he was marked as a dead man by the assassin
  4. (adj, all) not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat
    dead soil
    dead coals
    the fire is dead
  5. (adj, all) very tired
    so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
    bushed after all that exercise
    I'm dead after that long trip
  6. (adj, all) unerringly accurate
    took dead aim
  7. (adj, all) physically inactive
  8. (adj, all) (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
    numb to the cries for mercy
  9. (adj, all) devoid of physical sensation; numb
    she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth
    a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities
  10. (adj, all) lacking acoustic resonance
    the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio
  11. (adj, all) not yielding a return
    idle funds
  12. (adj, all) not circulating or flowing
    dead water
    stagnant water
  13. (adj, all) not surviving in active use
  14. (adj, all) lacking resilience or bounce
  15. (adj, all) out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
    the motor is dead
  16. (adj, all) no longer having force or relevance
  17. (adj, all) complete
    utter seriousness
  18. (adj, all) drained of electric charge; discharged
    left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained
  19. (adj, all) devoid of activity
  20. (adv, all) quickly and without warning
  21. (adv, all) completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
    a perfectly idiotic idea
    you're perfectly right
    utterly miserable
    you can be dead sure of my innocence
    was dead tired
    dead right

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Dead

alive, live, living

Alternate forms of Dead

Derivations: deadness

Hyponyms: slain

Hypernyms: people, time

Origin of the word Dead

  1. O.E. dead, from P.Gmc. *dauthaz, from PIE *dheu-. Meaning "insensible" is first attested early 13c. Of places, meaning "inactive, dull," it is recorded from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adj. sense of "utter, absolute, quite." Dead heat is from 1796. Dead soldier "emptied liquor bottle" is military slang from 1913. Dead on is 1889, from mark… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Dead

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