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From Middle English dedly, dedlych, dedlich, from Old English d?adl?? (adjective); corresponding to dead + -ly. Cognate with Dutch dodelijk, German tödlich.
The adverb is from Middle English dedliche, from Old English d?adl??e (adverb), from the adjective.
- (obsolete) Subject to death; mortal.
- Causing death; lethal.
- Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile.
- Very accurate (of aiming with a bow, firearm, etc.).
- (informal) Very boring.
- (informal) Excellent, awesome, cool.