adjective, deader, deadest.
no longer living; deprived of life:
dead people; dead flowers; dead animals.
not endowed with life; inanimate:
resembling death; deathlike:
a dead sleep; a dead faint.
bereft of sensation; numb:
He was half dead with fright. My leg feels dead.
lacking sensitivity of feeling; insensitive:
dead to the needs of others.
incapable of being emotionally moved; unresponsive:
dead to the nuances of the music.
(of an emotion) no longer felt; ended; extinguished:
a dead passion; dead affections.
no longer current or prevalent, as in effect, significance, or practice; obsolete:
a dead law; a dead controversy.
no longer functioning, operating, or productive:
a dead motor; a dead battery.
not moving or circulating; stagnant; stale:
dead water; dead air.
utterly tired; exhausted:
They felt dead from the six-hour trip.
(of a language) no longer in use as a sole means of oral communication among a people:
Latin is a dead language.
without vitality, spirit, enthusiasm, or the like:
a dead party.
lacking the customary activity; dull; inactive:
a dead business day.
dead silence; The plan was a dead loss.
sudden or abrupt, as the complete stoppage of an action:
The bus came to a dead stop.
put out; extinguished:
a dead cigarette.
without resilience or bounce:
a dead tennis ball.
the dead center of a circle.
accurate; sure; unerring:
a dead shot.
a dead line.
tasteless or flat, as a beverage:
a dead soft drink.
flat rather than glossy, bright, or brilliant:
The house was painted dead white.
without resonance; anechoic:
dead sound; a dead wall surface of a recording studio.
not fruitful; unproductive:
Law. deprived of civil rights so that one is in the state of civil death, especially deprived of the rights of property.
Sports. out of play:
a dead ball.
(of a golf ball) lying so close to the hole as to make holing on the next stroke a virtual certainty.
(of type or copy) having been used or rejected.
(of the mouth of a horse) no longer sensitive to the pressure of a bit.
noting any rope in a tackle that does not pass over a pulley or is not rove through a block.
the period of greatest darkness, coldness, etc.:
the dead of night; the dead of winter.
the dead, dead persons collectively:
Prayers were recited for the dead.
dead right; dead tired.
with sudden and total stoppage of motion, action, or the like:
He stopped dead.
directly; exactly; straight:
The island lay dead ahead.
dead in the water, completely inactive or inoperable; no longer in action or under consideration:
Our plans to expand the business have been dead in the water for the past two months.
dead to rights, in the very act of committing a crime, offense, or mistake; red-handed.
(Brit, informal) very tired
not endowed with life; inanimate
no longer in use, valid, effective, or relevant: a dead issue, a dead language
unresponsive or unaware; insensible: he is dead to my strongest pleas
lacking in freshness, interest, or vitality: a dead handshake
devoid of physical sensation; numb: his gums were dead from the anaesthetic
resembling death; deathlike: a dead sleep
no longer burning or hot: dead coals
(of flowers or foliage) withered; faded
(prenominal) (intensifier): a dead stop, a dead loss
(informal) very tired
lacking acoustic reverberation: a dead sound, a dead surface
(sport) (of a ball, etc) out of play
unerring; accurate; precise (esp in the phrase a dead shot)
lacking resilience or bounce: a dead ball
not yielding a return; idle: dead capital
(informal) certain to suffer a terrible fate; doomed: you’re dead if your mother catches you at that
(of colours) not glossy or bright; lacklustre
stagnant: dead air
(military) shielded from view, as by a geographic feature or environmental condition: a dead zone, dead space
(informal) dead as a doornail, completely dead
(informal) dead from the neck up, stupid or unintelligent
(informal) dead in the water, unsuccessful, and with little hope of future success: the talks are now dead in the water
(informal) dead to the world, unaware of one’s surroundings, esp fast asleep or very drunk
leave for dead
(informal) wouldn’t be seen dead in, to refuse to wear or to go to
a period during which coldness, darkness, or some other quality associated with death is at its most intense: the dead of winter
(intensifier): dead easy, stop dead, dead level
dead on, exactly right
Old English dead “dead,” also “torpid, dull;” of water, “still, standing,” from Proto-Germanic *dauthaz (cf. Old Saxon dod, Danish død, Swedish död, Old Frisian dad, Middle Dutch doot, Dutch dood, Old High German tot, German tot, Old Norse dauðr, Gothic dauþs “dead”), from PIE *dhou-toz-, from root *dheu- (3) “to die” (see die (v.)).
Meaning “insensible” is first attested early 13c. Of places, “inactive, dull,” from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adjectival sense of “utter, absolute, quite” (cf. dead drunk first attested 1590s; dead heat, 1796). As an adverb, from late 14c. Dead on is 1889, from marksmanship. Dead duck is from 1844. Dead letter is from 1703, used of laws lacking force as well as uncollected mail. Phrase in the dead of the night first recorded 1540s.
For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenail (c.1350).
Dead soldier “emptied liquor bottle” is from 1913 in that form; the image is older:
Dead man, or Dead marine, a colloquialism for an empty bottle, possibly in humorous recognition of the fact that the spirits have departed. But the French also have the same phrase, un corps mort, a dead body, for which there can be no punning pretext. [Walsh, 1892]
Extremely; very much: I’m dead broke/ dead set against it (1589+)
A letter or package that can neither be delivered nor returned •Dead letter in this sense is attested from 1703 (1950s+ Post office)
drop dead, knock someone dead, not be caught dead, stone dead, stop someone or something dead in someone’s or something’s tracks
[the sense ”absolute, assured, certain” probably developed fr expressions like Middle English ded oppressed, ”completely overcome,” 16th-century dead drunk, and others suggesting the inertness of death; when inertness suggested fixedness, unchangingness, certainty, etc, the term took on these present senses]
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