deathly

[[t]de̱θli[/t]]
1) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) If you say that someone is deathly pale or deathly still, you are emphasizing that they are very pale or still, like a dead person. [LITERARY]

Bernadette turned deathly pale...

She lay deathly still.

2) ADV-GRADED: ADV adj (emphasis) If you say that someone is deathly afraid, you are emphasizing that they are very afraid. You can also say that someone or something is deathly silent, dull, boring, cold, or tired. [LITERARY]

He is deathly afraid of black crows...

I took a deathly dull job.

3) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) If you say that there is a deathly silence or a deathly hush, you are emphasizing that it is very quiet. [LITERARY]

A deathly silence hung over the square.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Deathly — Death ly, adv. Deadly; as, deathly pale or sick. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deathly — [adj1] suggesting end of life appalling, cadaverous, corpselike, deathlike, defunctive, dreadful, gaunt, ghastly, grim, gruesome, haggard, horrible, macabre, pale, pallid, wan, wasted; concepts 579,618 Ant. animated, beginning, blooming,… …   New thesaurus

  • deathly — [deth′lē] adj. [ME dethlich < OE dēathlic: see DEATH] 1. causing death; deadly 2. like or characteristic of death adv. 1. in a deathlike way; to a deadly degree 2. extremely [deathly ill] …   English World dictionary

  • Deathly — Death ly, a. Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deathly — index deadly, fatal, lethal, malignant, pernicious, pestilent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deathly — O.E. deaþlic mortal (see DEATH (Cf. death)). Meaning deadly is from late 12c.; that of death like is from 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • deathly — *deadly Analogous words: *ghastly, macabre, gruesome, grisly Antonyms: lifelike …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deathly — ► ADJECTIVE (deathlier, deathliest) ▪ resembling or suggestive of death …   English terms dictionary

  • deathly — death|ly1 [ deθli ] adjective making you think of death or a dead person: a deathly silence/hush deathly death|ly 2 [ deθli ] adverb in a way that makes you think of death or a dead person: deathly silent/still deathly pale/white Her hand was… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deathly — 1. adjective a) Appearing as though dead, or on the verge of death. He has a deathly pallor. b) fatal, causing death He has a deathly fear of crocodiles. 2. adverb …   Wiktionary

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