[ deth-lee ]
/ ˈdɛθ li /


causing death; deadly; fatal.
like death: a deathly silence.
of, relating to, or indicating death; morbid: a deathly odor from the sepulcher.


in the manner of death.
very; utterly: deathly afraid.

Nearby words

  1. deathday,
  2. deathful,
  3. deathless,
  4. deathlessly,
  5. deathlike,
  6. deathplace,
  7. deathsman,
  8. deathtrap,
  9. deathwatch,
  10. deathy

Origin of deathly

before 1000; Middle English dethlich, Old English dēathlīc. See death, -ly

Related formsdeath·li·ness, nounpre·death·ly, adjective

Can be confuseddeadly deathly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deathly


/ (ˈdɛθlɪ) /


resembling deatha deathly quiet
Derived Formsdeathliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for deathly



Old English deaþlic "mortal" (see death). Meaning "deadly" is from late 12c.; that of "death-like" is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper