Meaning of DEAD in English

DEAD

n. 25B6; adjective

my parents are dead : PASSED ON/AWAY, expired, departed, gone, no more; late, lost, lamented; perished, fallen, slain, slaughtered, killed, murdered; lifeless, extinct; informal (as) dead as a doornail, six feet under, pushing up daisies; formal deceased; euphemistic with God, asleep.

patches of dead ground : BARREN, lifeless, bare, desolate, sterile.

a dead language : OBSOLETE, extinct, defunct, disused, abandoned, discarded, superseded, vanished, forgotten; archaic, antiquated, ancient; poetic/literary of yore.

the phone was dead : NOT WORKING, out of order, inoperative, inactive, in disrepair, broken, malfunctioning, defective; informal kaput, conked out, on the blink, bust; Brit. informal knackered.

a dead leg : NUMB, numbed, deadened, desensitized, unfeeling; paralysed, crippled, incapacitated, immobilized, frozen.

she has dead eyes : EMOTIONLESS, unemotional, unfeeling, impassive, unresponsive, indifferent, dispassionate, inexpressive, wooden, stony, cold; deadpan, flat; blank, vacant.

his affection for her was dead : EXTINGUISHED, quashed, stifled; finished, over, gone, no more; ancient history.

a dead town : UNEVENTFUL, uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, dull, boring, flat, quiet, sleepy, slow, lacklustre, lifeless; informal one-horse, dead-and-alive; N. Amer. informal dullsville.

dead silence : COMPLETE, absolute, total, utter, out-and-out, thorough, unmitigated.

a dead shot : UNERRING, unfailing, impeccable, sure, true, accurate, precise; deadly, lethal; Brit. informal spot on, bang on.

alive, fertile, modern, lively, poor.

25B6; adverb

he was dead serious : COMPLETELY, absolutely, totally, utterly, deadly, perfectly, entirely, quite, thoroughly; definitely, certainly, positively, categorically, unquestionably, undoubtedly, surely; in every way, one hundred per cent.

flares were seen dead ahead : DIRECTLY, exactly, precisely, immediately, right, straight, due, squarely; informal bang, slap bang.

(Brit. informal) it's dead easy. : See very .

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