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From Middle English halfdede, from Old English healfdēad (half-dead), from Proto-Germanic *halbadaudaz (halfdead), equivalent to half- +‎ dead. Cognate with West Frisian healdea (halfdead), Dutch halfdood (halfdead), German Low German halvdood (halfdead), German halbtot (halfdead), Swedish halvdöd (halfdead).


halfdead (not comparable)

  1. Halfway dead; only partially alive.
    • 1999, Patti Massman, Susan Rosser, A Matter of Betrayal:
      But even after he was beyond the danger zone, he still felt halfdead.
    • 2009, Kristin Cashore, Fire:
      Until the day King Nax had seized him and shattered his legs—not broken them, but shattered them, eight men taking turns with a mallet—and then sent him home, halfdead, to his wife, Aliss, in the northern Dells.
    • 2010, Wayne Gordon, Who Is My Neighbor?:
      Some may be halfdead physically; they need people to visit them in the hospital or in their homes. But there are many more who are halfdead in other ways.
    • 2010, Robert A Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice:
      [...] from a vantage point of security, the lawyer is taught to ask the question from the vantage point of one lying halfdead by the side of the road.