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Dead appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Ken Dodd's dad's dog 's dead.
  • Bad dead bed-bugs bleed bug blood.
    (by Mimi Routh)

Dead appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Daedalus: nine, Peninsula: dead.
  • Daedalus, nine pianists err as nuns arrest Sinai Peninsula dead.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the adjective dead:

imaginative writing77.53%informational writing22.47%

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun dead and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective dead:


Fun fact! The word "dead" looks like "bead", but sounds like "bed".

Fun fact! The word "mortgage" comes from a French word that means "dead pledge", so called because the deal dies either when the debt is paid or when payment fails..

Dead is sometimes a misspelling of dear or deed.

The word dead is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective dead

What does dead mean as an attribute of a noun?

Dead is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: deader | deadest

  1. no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
  2. not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat
  3. very tired
    • example: I'm dead after that long trip
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • usage: colloquialism
    • synonyms of dead: all in / beat / bushed
    • similar: tired
  4. unerringly accurate
    • examples: a dead shot | took dead aim
    • similar: precise
  5. physically inactive
    • example: Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range
    • similar: extinct
  6. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
    • example: passersby were dead to our plea for help
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonym of dead: numb
    • similar: insensitive
  7. devoid of physical sensation; numb
  8. lacking acoustic resonance
    • examples: dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs | the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio
    • similar: nonresonant / unreverberant
  9. not yielding a return
  10. not circulating or flowing
    • examples: dead air | dead water
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of dead: stagnant
    • similar: standing
  11. not surviving in active use
  12. lacking resilience or bounce
    • example: a dead tennis ball
    • similar: inelastic
  13. out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown
    • examples: a dead telephone line | the motor is dead
    • similar: inoperative
  14. no longer having force or relevance
  15. the complete stoppage of an action
    • example: came to a dead stop
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: complete
  16. drained of electric charge; discharged
  17. devoid of activity
    • example: this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here
    • similar: inactive

Alternative definition of the adjective dead


  1. [not comparable] No longer living.
  2. [hyperbole] Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
  3. [context: of another person] So hated that they are absolutely ignored.
  4. Without emotion.
  5. Stationary; static.
  6. Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.
  7. See Unproductive.
  8. [not comparable, of a machine, device, or electrical circuit] Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.
  9. [not comparable] Broken or inoperable.
  10. [not comparable] No longer used or required.
  11. [not comparable, sports] Not in play.
  12. [not comparable] Full and complete.
  13. [not comparable] Exact.
  14. Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).

Specialised definition of the adjective dead

Glossary of sports

in some sports, used to describe a ball that has crossed the boundary of the playing area (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

descriptive of a shot that stops immediately when it lands

Definition of the adverb dead

What does dead mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. quickly and without warning
  2. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

Alternative definition of the adverb dead


  1. Exactly right.
  2. [slang] Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.

Definition of the noun dead

What does dead mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dead / deads (rare form)

  1. people who are no longer living
  2. a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
    • example: the dead of winter
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic word: time = an indefinite period

Alternative definition of the noun dead


  1. [singular] Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
    • [plural] Those who have died.

    Specialised definition of the noun dead

    Glossary of sports

    not sensitive (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

    Glossary of sports / bowling

    a bowl is dead if it rolls into the ditch without first touching the jack during its original course on the green, or if it goes out of play (off the rink) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    Glossary of sports / cricket

    the ball is dead if it is not in play (in accordance with various laws) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    Glossary of sports / table tennis

    a dead shot is one with no spin (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    Definition of the verb dead

    What does dead mean as a doing word?


    1. [transitive] to prevent by disabling; stop

    Phrases with Dead

    1. Dead On
    2. dead-on
    3. dead air
    4. Dead Bat
    5. dead end
    6. Dead Ice
    7. Dead key
    8. Dead Leg
    9. Dead Man
    10. Dead Men
    11. Dead Run
    12. dead set
    13. dead-end
    14. Dead-Red
    15. dead axle
    16. Dead ball
    17. Dead Bird
    18. dead body
    19. Dead Calm
    20. Dead Cert

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dead

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    Google previewEvent Structures in Linguistic Form and Interpretation (2008)

    by Johannes Dölling, Tatjana Heyde-Zybatow, Martin Schäfer

    the adjective dead is a non-gradable adjective, which entails the non-existence of scalar structure. The co-extensiveness condition explains the ungrammaticality of (6a) as the incompatibility of non-gradable adjective ...

    Google previewHuman Existence. A Feminine Perspective

    by Rajbala Sekhon [Author]

    Being dead means once again being nothing at all. For creatures who thrive on selfexpression, no longer being able first-personally to express anything thwarts a basic desire. Here is where leaving parts of ourselves in the world by having ...

    Google previewThe Zombie Movie Encyclopedia (2000)

    by Peter Dendle

    The Thirst of Baron Blood see Baron Blood Those Cruel and Bloody Vampires see Tombs of the Blind Dead ...

    Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Medicine in the Twentieth Century (2013)

    by Roger Cooter

    Whether viewed from the perspective of commerce, politics and law, or ethics, epidemiology, and education, the dead body's social and cultural status has altered fundamentally. Indeed, along with 'death' and 'dying,' the dead body has, ...

    Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

    by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

    dead child, dead baby. murtifica v.t. to mortify. murtificarse v.r. to mortify oneself. murtificazione n.f. mortification. murtòrio n.m. morgue, mortuary. murzella n.f. ...

    Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (2014)

    by Craig A. Evans

    Jewish Coinage, Roman Compassion on the poor Conzelmann, Hans Curses and woe D Dahl, Nils Alstrup Daniel David Dead Sea Scrolls Dead Sea Scrolls: Begotten Messiah text (1Q28a = 1QSa) Dead Sea Scrolls: Jerusalem priesthood ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of the Vampire (2011)

    The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture by S. T. Joshi

    The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture S. T. Joshi...

    Dracula: Dead and Loving.

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    Quotes about Dead

    Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip. (Barbara Tuchman)
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    Scrabble value of D2E1A1D2

    The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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