American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing or tending to cause death: deadly weapons; a deadly spill of radioactive waste products. See Synonyms at fatal.
- adj. Suggestive of death: a deadly pallor.
- adj. Aiming or wanting to kill; implacable: deadly enemies.
- adj. Destructive in effect: gave the film a deadly review.
- adj. Tending to take away vitality, effectiveness, or force: the deadly habit of procrastination.
- adj. Absolute; utter: deadly concentration.
- adj. Extreme or terrible: worked under deadly strain.
- adj. Extremely accurate; unerring: She is a deadly shot with the bow.
- adj. Dull, tedious, and boring: a deadly prose style.
- adv. So as to suggest death.
- adv. To an extreme: deadly serious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Mortal; liable to death; being in danger of death.
- Occasioning or capable of causing death, physical or spiritual; mortal; fatal; destructive: as, a deadly blow or wound.
- Mortal; implacable; aiming or tending to kill or destroy: as, a deadly enemy; deadly malice; a deadly feud.
- Adapted for producing death or great bodily injury: as, a deadly weapon; a deadly drug.
- Very great; excessive.
- Implacably; destructively.
- In a manner resembling death; deathly: as, deadly pale or wan.
- Extremely; excessively.
- adj. obsolete Subject to death; mortal.
- adj. Causing death; lethal.
- adj. by extension Very accurate (of aiming with a bow, firearm, etc.).
- adj. informal Very boring.
- adj. informal Excellent, awesome, cool.
- adv. obsolete Fatally, mortally.
- adv. In a way which suggests death.
- adv. Extremely.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of causing death; mortal; fatal; destructive; certain or likely to cause death.
- adj. Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile; flagitious.
- adj. obsolete Subject to death; mortal.
- adv. In a manner resembling, or as if produced by, death; deathly.
- adv. In a manner to occasion death; mortally.
- adv. In an implacable manner; destructively.
- adv. obsolete Extremely.
- adj. of an instrument of certain death
- adv. (used as intensives) extremely
- adj. involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death
- adv. as if dead
- adj. extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
- adj. exceedingly harmful
- adj. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
- adj. causing or capable of causing death
- Old English dēadlīċ (adj.), dēadlīċe (adv.), corresponding to dead + -ly. Cognate with Dutch dodelijk, German tödlich. (Wiktionary)
“If it was not such a deadly climate, you would find much to interest you in these parts; but it is _very deadly_.”
“As she watched him reading, his face pale, his expression deadly serious, as he seemed to be fiercely concentrating, she guessed that he was going over those parts of the letter that seemed to suggest she was needed by her mother in Enniscorthy.”
“Quentin Forbes was slowly returning his pen to his pocket, his eyes following Wolmar, his expression deadly.”
“You see, Thelma Lou, this is what we call the deadly game (INAUDIBLE) apes.”
“BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: A scathing report details what it calls deadly deficiencies at Children's Hospital in Boston.”
“The Pentagon says that most of the battle deaths they've suffered now are from what they call deadly deceptions, in which fanatical Iraqi fighters are posing either as civilians or pretending to surrender.”
“The United States led the world now to agreeing to phase out what we call the deadly dozen, the 12 worst chemicals that wash off the land into the sea and kill fish.”
“Laura saw that the spirit of teasing was strong in Charles this morning and suspected that he wanted to stir up what he called the deadly feud, and she hastened to change the conversation by saying, 'You quite impressed Guy with your translation of Fra Cristoforo.”
“The charge details that the "assault" was committed with "infected saliva," which it describes as a deadly weapon.”
“The demonstrators, who arrived largely from Toronto and Montreal, are part of worldwide Tamil protests against what they describe as a deadly military offensive by the Sri Lankan military.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘deadly’.
words associated with the macabre & horror.
( open list, randomness )
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
Words in the Bible evoking biblical stories or with special spiritual meaning. Proper names have been reduced to the minimum.
Words that are a pain in the ass to type in on a numerical keypad on a cell phone because they have consecutive letters that share the same button:
2 - ABC
3 - DEF
4 - GHI...
words and phrases that make me wanna weep...kinda.
The Northern Territory of Australia. Suggestions welcome.
A complete list of the green cards (adjectives) from the popular word game.
Very basic words for ESL students.
Words that mean "cool" around the world and through the ages.
Looking for tweets for deadly.