[kuh-dav-er-uh s]


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 formsca·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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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

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

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cadaverous in Medicine




Suggestive of death; corpselike.
Having a corpselike pallor.
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