adjective, deep·er, deep·est.
adverb, deep·er, deep·est.
- to enter upon a course of action with heedless or irresponsible indifference to consequences.
- to become emotionally overwrought.
- inextricably involved.
- having made or committed oneself to make a large financial investment.
- in difficult or serious circumstances; in trouble.
- in a situation beyond the range of one's capability or skill: You're a good student, but you'll be in deep water in medical school.
Origin of deep
Synonyms for deep
Antonyms for deep
Related Words for deepwide, rooted, profound, far, broad, deep-seated, buried, heavy, acute, complex, serious, hidden, difficult, tricky, sharp, great, vivid, hard, dark, rich
Examples from the Web for deep
Contemporary Examples of deep
Deep, situational, and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a POINT!Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
As he drove me back to the logging road, Frank told me about the area in his deep voice.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
The state was in a deep recession as Duke galvanized a racial backlash.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Marriott, with its deep history in the Mormon faith, portrays itself as a deeply ethical institution.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of deep
Eudora took it with a deep blush, saying, "Aspasia gave it to me."
During the whole of the ensuing day, Paralus continued in a deep sleep.
Pericles seated himself near them, with deep sadness on his brow.
Percival had walked the floor in deep attention to the old man's words.
"That old boy is all right yet," he said, with deep conviction.
- (postpositive)of a specified dimension downwards, inwards, or backwardssix feet deep
- (in combination)a six-foot-deep trench
- to lose one's temper; react angrily
- mainly USto act rashly
- a poetic term for the ocean
- cricketthe area of the field relatively far from the pitch
Word Origin for deep
Old English deop "profound, awful, mysterious; serious, solemn; deepness, depth," deope (adv.), from Proto-Germanic *deupaz (cf. Old Saxon diop, Old Frisian diap, Dutch diep, Old High German tiof, German tief, Old Norse djupr, Danish dyb, Swedish djup, Gothic diups "deep"), from PIE *dheub- "deep, hollow" (cf. Lithuanian dubus "deep, hollow, Old Church Slavonic duno "bottom, foundation," Welsh dwfn "deep," Old Irish domun "world," via sense development from "bottom" to "foundation" to "earth" to "world").
Figurative senses were in Old English; extended 16c. to color, sound. Deep pocket "wealth" is from 1951. To go off the deep end "lose control of oneself" is slang first recorded 1921, probably in reference to the deep end of a swimming pool, where a person on the surface can no longer touch bottom. When 3-D films seemed destined to be the next wave and the biggest thing to hit cinema since talkies, they were known as deepies (1953).
Old English deop "deep water," especially the sea, from the source of deep (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with deep
- deep down
- deep end
- deep pocket
- deep six
- deep water
- beauty is only skin deep
- between a rock and a hard place (devil and deep blue sea)
- go off the deep end
- in deep
- still waters run deep