Definition of doornail in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdôrnāl/


A stud set in a door for strength or as an ornament.
Example sentences
  • In spite of being dumber than a doornail, the minister immediately picked up on it.


(as) dead as a doornail

Quite dead.
Example sentences
  • Everyone in front of me was dead - dead as a doornail.
  • ‘As a doctrine, it's dead as a doornail,’ he insists.
  • If we'd lost it this estate would have been dead as a doornail.

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Syllabification: door·nail

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