Definition of corpse-like in US English:



  • Resembling a corpse, especially in being completely still or having a pale, gaunt appearance.

    ‘he manages to maintain a corpse-like stillness that helps him to preserve oxygen’
    ‘their corpse-like complexions’
    • ‘My eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!’
    • ‘The body would learn it couldn't kill the infection with fever, and would instead, as a defense, cool the body down to near corpse-like temperatures.’
    • ‘The lack of empathy for the characters and corpse-like coldness permeating both the look and feel of the picture make it a tough film to connect with.’
    • ‘My first day of high school, I wore all black and powdered my skin until it was almost corpselike.’
    • ‘I scrutinized the reflection of my stilled body, trying to halt the rise and fall of my belly in order to appear corpselike.’
    • ‘I gradually made out that their faces were made up to be pale and corpse-like.’
    • ‘His face was even more grey and corpse-like than ever before.’
    • ‘Spooky corpse-like kids in period costumes pop out at the first available opportunity.’
    • ‘As the film begins, a fishing boat pulls a corpse-like Bourne out of the Mediterranean Sea; he is, as his name underlines, reborn in this instant.’
    • ‘The vision of her body, flotsam on the water, is at once both corpse-like and strangely beautiful.’
    • ‘I have friends who frequently have four or five or fourteen day benders, emerging corpselike and battered but somehow recovering enough to do it again.’
    pale, deathly pale, pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, deathlike, ghostly
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