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"For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenail" (c.1350).
Having lost life; no longer alive.
Lacking feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive.
Unable to move; stalled; defunct: Right now, the economy is dead in the water, with 10.8 percent unemployment/ Once I saw you, you were dead in the water
[fr the image of a disabled ship, unable to proceed]
Extremely; very much: I'm dead broke/ dead set against it (1589+)noun
A letter or package that can neither be delivered nor returned •Dead letter in this sense is attested from 1703 (1950s+ Post office)Related Terms
[the sense ''absolute, assured, certain'' probably developed fr expressions like Middle English ded oppressed, ''completely overcome,'' 16th-century dead drunk, and others suggesting the inertness of death; when inertness suggested fixedness, unchangingness, certainty, etc, the term took on these present senses]