From Middle English dede, from Old English dēd, dǣd (“deed, act”), from Proto-West Germanic *dādi, from Proto-Germanic *dēdiz (“deed”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰéh₁tis (“deed, action”). Analyzable through Proto-Germanic as do + -th. Doublet of thesis.
Cognate with West Frisian died, Dutch daad (“deed, act”), German Low German Daad, German Tat (“deed, action”), Swedish, Norwegian and Danish dåd (“act, action”). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek θέσις (thésis, “setting, arrangement”).
deed (plural deeds)
- An action or act; something that is done.
- One small deed can have one stour effect or more.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Genesis 44:15:
- And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye have done?
- A brave or noteworthy action; a feat or exploit.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, “Book VI, Canto VII”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, stanza 4:
- They should accomplish both a knightly deed,
- 1668, John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, M. DC. LXVI. […], London: […] Henry Herringman, […], OCLC 1064438096, (please specify the stanza number):
- whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn
- Action or fact, as opposed to rhetoric or deliberation.
- I have fulfilled my promise in word and in deed.
- (law) A legal instrument that is executed under seal or before witnesses.
- I inherited the deed to the house.
- (action): act, action; see also Thesaurus:action
- (law): document, certificate, instrument
- a good deed is its own reward
- bond for deed
- deed of appointment
- deed of assumption
- deed of retirement
- deed of trust
- deed poll
- do the deed
- estoppel by deed
- in very deed
- mortgage deed
- no good deed ever goes unpunished
- no good deed goes unpunished
- propaganda by the deed
- propaganda of the deed
- quit claim deed
- special warranty deed
- time the deed to the need
- title deed
- trust deed
brave or noteworthy action, feat or exploit
deed (third-person singular simple present deeds, present participle deeding, simple past and past participle deeded)
- (informal) To transfer real property by deed.
- He deeded over the mineral rights to some fellas from Denver.
to transfer real property by deed
From Old English dēad, from Proto-West Germanic *daud, from Proto-Germanic *daudaz.
- dead (no longer alive)
- c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.), published c. 1410, Joon 5:21, page 47r, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
- foꝛ as þe fadir reiſiþ deed men ⁊ quykeneþ .· ſo þe ſone quykeneþ whom he wole
- Just like the father raises the dead and revives them, the son revives who he wants.
- inert, inactive.
- c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.), published c. 1410, James 2:28, page 110r, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
- foꝛ as þe bodi wiþout þe ſpirit is deed .· ſo alſo feiþ wiþout werkis is deed
- Just like the body without a soul is dead, faith without works is dead as well.
- “dēd, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- past participle of dee
- (South Scots) past participle of dei
From Middle English deed, from Old English dēad, from Proto-West Germanic *daud.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 33