Deadly - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdedli|  American pronunciation of the word deadly
Brit.  |ˈdɛdli|  British pronunciation of the word deadly


- as if dead (syn: lifelessly)
- (used as intensives) extremely(syn: deucedly, devilishly, insanely, madly)


- causing or capable of causing death(syn: deathly, mortal)
- of an instrument of certain death(syn: lethal)
- extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom (syn: venomous, virulent)
- involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death(syn: mortal)
- exceedingly harmful (syn: baneful, pernicious, pestilent)
- (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect


the world's most deadly snake

a more deadly form of the disease

They launched a deadly attack.

Officers are allowed to use deadly force if necessary.

She shoots with deadly accuracy.

a basketball player with deadly aim

A deadly silence followed his question.

The two gang leaders are deadly enemies.

He spoke with deadly seriousness.

...I'm deadly serious about making an offer on the house....

They were locked together in deadly wrestle, each with a hand upon the other's throat.

His face had a deadly paleness.

We sat in deadly silence.

He was in deadly earnest (=completely serious).

She hit the target with deadly accuracy.

Word forms

comparative: deadlier
superlative: deadliest
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