Origin of stone-dead

1250–1300; Middle English (north) standed. See stone, dead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stone-dead

Historical Examples of stone-dead

  • At the bottom of the wet mess of hair and red and flesh was old Shep, stone-dead.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • His forehead rested on the table, his arms hung at his sides; he was stone-dead!

  • Too late a bit we were, but we found him, just stone-dead like, and brought him round.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • The first and readiest is that of which it has been emphatically said, Stone-dead hath no fellow.

    Travels in Arabia

    Bayard Taylor

  • And there, surely enough, we found her, stone-dead by the side of the skeleton.

British Dictionary definitions for stone-dead


  1. completely lifeless
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