Definition of cadaverous in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈdav(ə)rəs/


Very pale, thin, or bony: he was gaunt and cadaverous
More example sentences
  • She is skeletally thin, with hollow, cadaverous eyes and cheeks.
  • Stubble adorned his thin, cadaverous, scarred face, and remnants of blood stained the ends of his hair.
  • When you're about 60, the penalty for remaining rockstar-thin is a cadaverous face and hollow cheeks.



Example sentences
  • Haggard, frayed and cadaverously pale with his eyes sunk somewhere deep in the back of his skull, in the final scene he looks like someone who is about to die.
  • For a chef, he looks cadaverously under-nourished.
  • I'm an ectomorph with medium ash brown hair that I'm always ruining by dyeing it (so it always has garish brassy orange tones), brown eyes that I sometimes conceal with grey contacts, and cadaverously fair skin.


Example sentences
  • His pigmentation is described as ‘[a] cadaverousness of complexion’ and as having a ‘ghastly pallor’.
  • He was a man whose figure promised cadaverousness, but who had an excessively red face, though shaped like a horse's.
  • Therefore, at the politically upbeat end of the scale, with conflicts, both domestic and international, being resolved, they might well evolve into a minimalist organization, lean perhaps to the point of cadaverousness, based primarily on high technology and special forces, supported by airpower, which many today see as a classical model for the new world.


Late Middle English: from Latin cadaverosus, from cadaver 'corpse'.

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