Synonyms of dead in English:

dead


See definition of dead

adjective

1‘my parents are dead’

SYNONYMS

deceased, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away

late, lost, lamented

perished, fallen, slain, slaughtered, killed, murdered

lifeless, not breathing, having breathed one's last, defunct, extinct, inanimate, insentient, insensate, inert

informal dead as a doornail, as dead as a doornail, six feet under, pushing up daisies, under the sod

euphemistic with God, asleep, at peace

rare demised, exanimate

ANTONYMS

alive, living

2‘there are patches of dead ground on both sides of the plain’

SYNONYMS

barren, lifeless, bare, empty, desolate, sterile

without life, without living things

ANTONYMS

fertile, lush

3‘he is fluent in ancient Hebrew and other dead languages’

SYNONYMS

obsolete, extinct, defunct, discontinued, no longer in use, disused, fallen into disuse, lapsed, abandoned, discarded, superseded, vanished, forgotten

archaic, antiquated, fossilized, ancient, very old

literary of yore

ANTONYMS

current, modern

4‘there was no dialling tone—the phone was dead’

SYNONYMS

not working, out of order, out of commission, inoperative, inactive, ineffective, in disrepair, in a state of disrepair, broken, broken-down, malfunctioning, defective

informal kaput, conked out, on the blink, bust, busted, gone phut, finished, done for, dud

British informal knackered, duff

British vulgar slang buggered

ANTONYMS

in working order

5‘I gave him a dead leg’

SYNONYMS

numb, benumbed, deadened, desensitized, insensible, insensate, unfeeling

paralysed, crippled, incapacitated, immobilized, frozen, useless

6‘his voice was dead and cold’

SYNONYMS

emotionless, unemotional, unfeeling, impassive, unresponsive, insensitive, indifferent, dispassionate, inexpressive, wooden, stony, cold, frigid, inert

deadpan, flat, toneless, hollow

blank, vacant, glazed, glassy

ANTONYMS

passionate

7‘his old affection for Alison was not quite dead’

SYNONYMS

extinguished, quenched, quashed, quelled, suppressed, smothered, stifled

finished, terminated, over, gone, no more

a thing of the past, ancient history

8‘this is such a dead town’

SYNONYMS

uneventful, uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, dull, boring, flat, quiet, sleepy, slow, stale, humdrum, tame, pedestrian, lacklustre, lifeless

tedious, tiresome, wearisome

backward, backwoods, behind the times

informal one-horse, dead-and-alive

North American informal dullsville

ANTONYMS

lively

9‘there was dead silence in the room’

SYNONYMS

complete, absolute, total, entire, outright, utter, downright, out-and-out, thorough, unqualified, unmitigated

ANTONYMS

partial

10‘Bill is a dead shot with a rifle or revolver’

SYNONYMS

unerring, unfailing, impeccable, sure, true, correct, accurate, exact, precise, direct

deadly, lethal

British inch-perfect

British informal spot on, bang on

ANTONYMS

poor


adverb

1‘he was dead serious in his accusations’

SYNONYMS

completely, absolutely, totally, utterly, deadly, perfectly, entirely, wholly, fully, quite, thoroughly, unreservedly

definitely, certainly, positively, unconditionally, categorically, unquestionably, no doubt, undoubtedly, without a doubt, without question, surely, unequivocally

exactly, precisely, decisively, conclusively, manifestly, in every way, in every respect, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the hilt

ANTONYMS

partially

2‘red flares were seen dead ahead’

SYNONYMS

directly, exactly, precisely, immediately, right, straight, plumb, due, squarely

informal bang, slap bang, smack

3‘the windows are dead easy to open’

SYNONYMS

very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, tremendously, immensely, hugely

extraordinarily, extra, inordinately, unusually, uncommonly, distinctly, decidedly, particularly, especially, remarkably, really, truly

most, so

très

Northern English right

awfully, terribly, mega, ultra, oh-so, damn, damned

ever so, well, jolly, bloody

North American real, mighty, awful, plumb, darned, way

South African lekker

dated frightfully, devilishly

archaic exceeding


Phrases

    dead end

      1‘the alley was a dead end’

      SYNONYMS

      no through road, blind alley, cul-de-sac

      2‘his career has hit a dead end’

      SYNONYMS

      impasse, deadlock, stalemate, checkmate, stand-off

      standstill, halt, stop, stoppage, full stop

    dead loss

      1‘the competition was a dead loss’

      SYNONYMS

      failure, fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder, vain attempt, abortion, defeat

      British

      damp squib

      flop, botch, hash, foul-up, screw-up, washout, let-down, dead duck, lead balloon, lemon, fail

      British

      cock-up, pig's ear

      North American

      snafu, clinker

      vulgar slang

      fuck-up, balls-up

      ANTONYMS

      success

      2‘he was a dead loss as a cook’

      SYNONYMS

      failure, loser, born loser, incompetent, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, disappointment, write-off

      no one, nobody

      no-hoper, flop, dud, non-starter, washout, lemon

      ANTONYMS

      success

    dead on one's feet

      ‘I didn't stay long, as I was dead on my feet’

      SYNONYMS

      exhausted, tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent

      jet-lagged

      out of breath, breathless, panting, puffing, puffed, puffed out, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath

      done in, all in, beat, dead beat, shattered, bushed, fagged out, knocked out, wiped out, running on empty, zonked out, worn to a frazzle, frazzled, bushwhacked

      British

      knackered, whacked, whacked out, shagged out, jiggered

      Scottish

      wabbit

      North American

      pooped, tuckered out, fried, whipped

      NZ Australian

      stonkered

      British vulgar slang

      buggered

      NZ Australian vulgar slang

      rooted

      archaic

      toilworn

      rare

      fordone

      ANTONYMS

      fresh as a daisy, raring to go