- The state of not being alive. Having the property of lifelessness, as if dead.
- A lack of elasticity.
- He complained that the deadness of the balls affected his game.
- A lack of sparkle in a fizzy drink.
- The deadness of the champagne made it undrinkable.
- A lack of animation in a person.
- The deadness of his expression told everything, without him having to speak.
dead + -ness
Variant of dead
- no longer living; having died
- naturally without life; inanimate: dead stones
- such as to suggest death; deathlike: a dead faint
- lacking positive qualities, as of warmth, vitality, interest, brightness, brilliance, etc.: a dead handshake, a dead party, a dead white
- wholly indifferent; insensible: dead to love
- without feeling, motion, or power: his arm hung dead at his side
- not burning; extinguished: dead coals
- extinct: a dead volcano
- characterized by little or no movement or activity; slack, stagnant, etc.: dead water
- designating an axle that supports but does not drive a wheel
- having lost resilience or elasticity: a dead tennis ball
- no longer used or significant; obsolete: dead languages, dead laws
- not fertile; barren: dead soil
- not yielding a return; unproductive: dead capital
- certain as death; unerring; sure: a dead shot
- exact; precise: dead center
- complete; total; absolute: a dead stop
- unvarying; undeviating: dead level
- Informal very tired; exhausted
- having no current passing through: a dead wire
- having lost its charge: a dead battery
- Printing set, but no longer needed for use: dead type
- no longer in play: a dead ball
- barred by a game's rules from making a particular play
Origin of deadMiddle English ded ; from Old English dēad, akin to Old Norse dauthr, Old High German tōt, Gothic dauths: origin, originally past participle of an old verb base appearing in Old Norse deyja, Old Saxon dojan, Old High German touwen, all ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, die
the time of greatest darkness, most intense cold, etc.: the dead of night, the dead of winter
- completely; absolutely: dead right
- directly: dead ahead
dead in the waterInformal
- at a standstill from the loss of power, momentum, vigor, etc.
- destined for certain failure or ruin; doomed
dead to rights☆
Informal in an undeniably incriminating situation; red-handed
dead to the world
Informal sound asleep
those who have died