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deadwood

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noun dead·wood \-ˌwu̇d\

Simple Definition of deadwood

  • : people or things that are not useful or helpful in achieving a goal

  • : dead wood on a tree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deadwood

  1. 1 :  wood dead on the tree

  2. 2 :  useless personnel or material

  3. 3 :  solid timbers built in at the extreme bow and stern of a ship when too narrow to permit framing

  4. 4 :  bowling pins that have been knocked down but remain on the alley

Examples of deadwood in a sentence

  1. She's determined to get the deadwood out of the company.

  2. a healthy tree with no deadwood



15th Century

First Known Use of deadwood

15th century


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