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[stohn-ded] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛd/
undeniably dead; completely lifeless.
Origin of stone-dead
1250-1300; Middle English (north) standed. See stone, dead Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The colonel had just been discovered, stone dead, lying exactly as he had fallen, in a heap on the floor of his chamber.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • I saw him go down all of a heap as though he were stone dead.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • It is no use being virtuously indignant: "stone dead hath no fellow" is an English proverb, not a German one.

  • The cat at which Sam had fired at once dropped to the ground, stone dead.

  • He stretched himself out under the bench, did not move a limb, and behaved as if he were stone dead.

    Grimms' Fairy Tales The Brothers Grimm
  • The soldiers never moved hand or foot; they were stone dead.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • They found a man that Fortner had shot at stone dead, with a bullet through his temple.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Wholesale houses, says a high authority, are "not dull, but stone dead."

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Yes; he kicked him down the steep side of Prospect Hill, and he is stone dead.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for stone dead


completely lifeless
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for stone dead

stone cold sober

adjective phrase

Totally unintoxicated; cold sober (1937+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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