Definition of deadly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdedli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedli//
    (deadlier, deadliest) More deadly and deadliest are the usual forms. You can also use most deadly. Boredom
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  1. 1causing or likely to cause death synonym lethal a deadly weapon/disease deadly poison The cobra is one of the world's deadliest snakes. The terrorists have chosen to play a deadly game with the civilian population.
  2. 2[only before noun] extreme; complete I'm in deadly earnest. We sat in deadly silence. They are deadly enemies (= are full of hatred for each other).
  3. 3extremely effective, so that no defence is possible His aim is deadly (= so accurate that he can kill easily). It was the deadly striker's 11th goal of the season.
  4. 4(informal) very boring The lecture was absolutely deadly. See related entries: Boredom
  5. Word OriginOld English dēadlīc ‘mortal, in danger of death’ (see dead, -ly).Extra examples The loss of skills training was deadly for the economy. The man possessed an absolutely deadly charm. This poison is potentially deadly. Antimony is a deadly poison. He was charged with possession of a deadly weapon. Her aim with a gun was deadly. It was the deadly striker’s 11th goal of the season. The cobra is one of the world’s deadliest snakes. The missile found its target with deadly accuracy.
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