[ kuh-dav-er-uh s ]
/ kəˈdæv ər əs /


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

Origin of cadaverous

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

Related forms

ca·dav·er·ous·ly, adverbca·dav·er·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cadaverous


/ (kəˈdævərəs) /


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

Derived Forms

cadaverously, adverbcadaverousness, noun
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Medicine definitions for cadaverous


[ kə-dăvər-əs ]


Suggestive of death; corpselike.
Having a corpselike pallor.

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