cadaverous

adjective ca·dav·er·ous \ kə-ˈdav-rəs , -ˈda-vər-əs \

Definition of cadaverous

1 a :of or relating to a corpse
  • the cadaverous odors of the battlefield
b :suggestive of corpses or tombs
2 a :pallid, livid
b :gaunt, emaciated
  • grossly underweight, he appeared cadaverous, like a living skeleton

cadaverously

adverb

Examples of cadaverous in a Sentence

  1. A tall, cadaverous man led us into the library.

  2. everyone always looks cadaverous in the winter

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First Known Use of cadaverous

1627


CADAVEROUS Defined for English Language Learners

cadaverous

adjective

Definition of cadaverous for English Language Learners

  • : looking very thin and pale : resembling a corpse


Medical Dictionary

cadaverous

adjective ca·dav·er·ous \ kə-ˈdav-(ə-)rəs \

medical Definition of cadaverous

1 :of or relating to a corpse
2 of a complexion :being pallid or livid like a corpse


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