deadliness

deadly

[ded-lee]
adjective, deadlier, deadliest.
1.
causing or tending to cause death; fatal; lethal: a deadly poison.
2.
aiming to kill or destroy; implacable: a deadly enemy.
3.
like death: a deadly pallor.
4.
excruciatingly boring: The dinner party was absolutely deadly.
5.
excessive; inordinate: deadly haste.
6.
extremely accurate: Annie Oakley was a deadly shot.
adverb
7.
in a manner resembling or suggesting death: deadly pale.
8.
excessively; completely: deadly dull.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English deedli(ch), Old English dēadlīce. See dead, -ly

deadliness, noun
nondeadly, adjective

deadly, deathly.


1. See fatal. 4. dull, tedious, tiresome.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To deadliness
Collins
World English Dictionary
deadly (ˈdɛdlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  likely to cause death: deadly poison; deadly combat
2.  informal extremely boring
 
adv, —adj
3.  like death in appearance or certainty: deadly pale; a deadly sleep
 
'deadliness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

deadly
O.E. deadlic "mortal," also "causing death," from dead (q.v.). Meaning "having the capacity to kill" is from late 14c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature