But tomorrow there will be a glowing sun in the gray, half-dead forest where we must work and live.
They are good Samaritans to all the half-dead bait he from time to time throws overboard.
The gift is given, and yet for all that you may be dying, and half-dead, a pauper.
Nevertheless there was a certain part of her being which was numb and cold and half-dead.
Well, if not a complete corpse, at any rate, a half-dead creature.
But that she never thought of doing, would not have ventured to do, lying in a half-dead faint inside.
As for me, I suffered myself to be led, as if half-dead, into the house.
It took three days to nurse the half-dead and altogether starved Montagnais back to life, but he received the tenderest care.
Locked out at this hour of night, with a half-dead child in our charge!
On reaching the oak tree, you will find a poor, half-dead Marionette stretched out on the grass.
Old English dead "dead," also "torpid, dull;" of water, "still, standing," from Proto-Germanic *dauthaz (cf. Old Saxon dod, Danish død, Swedish död, Old Frisian dad, Middle Dutch doot, Dutch dood, Old High German tot, German tot, Old Norse dauðr, Gothic dauþs "dead"), from PIE *dhou-toz-, from root *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)).
Meaning "insensible" is first attested early 13c. Of places, "inactive, dull," from 1580s. Used from 16c. in adjectival sense of "utter, absolute, quite" (cf. dead drunk first attested 1590s; dead heat, 1796). As an adverb, from late 14c. Dead on is 1889, from marksmanship. Dead duck is from 1844. Dead letter is from 1703, used of laws lacking force as well as uncollected mail. Phrase in the dead of the night first recorded 1540s.
For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenail (c.1350).Dead soldier "emptied liquor bottle" is from 1913 in that form; the image is older:
Dead man, or Dead marine, a colloquialism for an empty bottle, possibly in humorous recognition of the fact that the spirits have departed. But the French also have the same phrase, un corps mort, a dead body, for which there can be no punning pretext. [Walsh, 1892]
Having lost life; no longer alive.
Lacking feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive.
Extremely; very much: I'm dead broke/ dead set against it (1589+)
A letter or package that can neither be delivered nor returned •Dead letter in this sense is attested from 1703 (1950s+ Post office)
[the sense ''absolute, assured, certain'' probably developed fr expressions like Middle English ded oppressed, ''completely overcome,'' 16th-century dead drunk, and others suggesting the inertness of death; when inertness suggested fixedness, unchangingness, certainty, etc, the term took on these present senses]