cadaverous

[ kuh-dav-er-uh s ]
/ kəˈdæv ər əs /

adjective

of or like a corpse.
pale; ghastly.
haggard and thin.

Nearby words

  1. cadaster,
  2. cadastral,
  3. cadastre,
  4. cadaver,
  5. cadaverine,
  6. cadbury,
  7. cadcam,
  8. caddice,
  9. caddicefly,
  10. caddie

Origin of cadaverous

First recorded in 1620–30, cadaverous is from the Latin word cadāverōsus like a corpse. See cadaver, -ous

Related formsca·dav·er·ous·ly, adverbca·dav·er·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cadaverous

cadaverous

/ (kəˈdævərəs) /

adjective

of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
thin and haggard; gaunt
Derived Formscadaverously, adverbcadaverousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for cadaverous

cadaverous

adj.

"looking like a corpse," early 15c., from Latin cadaverosus "corpse-like," from cadaver (see cadaver). Related: Cadaverously; cadaverousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cadaverous

cadaverous

[ kə-dăvər-əs ]

adj.

Suggestive of death; corpselike.
Having a corpselike pallor.

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