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[stohn-ded] /ˈstoʊnˈdɛd/
undeniably dead; completely lifeless.
Origin of stone-dead
1250-1300; Middle English (north) standed. See stone, dead Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At the bottom of the wet mess of hair and red and flesh was old Shep, stone-dead.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • His forehead rested on the table, his arms hung at his sides; he was stone-dead!

  • Too late a bit we were, but we found him, just stone-dead like, and brought him round.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The first and readiest is that of which it has been emphatically said, stone-dead hath no fellow.

    Travels in Arabia Bayard Taylor
  • And there, surely enough, we found her, stone-dead by the side of the skeleton.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • The bear was tottering now, and another blow on the back of the head from the Indian behind brought him down, stone-dead.

  • There is something almost heroic in the idea of firing off guns for a man who has been stone-dead for about four centuries.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Though apparently unhurt, one of their company may turn over, stone-dead, in the distance.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The first victim had been knocked down, stone-dead, when absolutely sound and strong.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • He was stone-dead when I turned him over; and judging by the terrible emaciation of his body he had died of protracted starvation.

British Dictionary definitions for stone-dead


completely lifeless
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