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This page has 36 definitions of deep in English and Central Franconian. Deep is an adjective, an adverb and noun. Examples of how to use deep in a sentence are shown. Also define these 58 related words and terms: extend, far, down, top, surface, bottom, extent, reference, rows, layers, thick, voluminous, cricket, baseball, softball, boundary, sports, soccer, tennis, American football, downfield, baseline, profound, great, meaning, import, obscure, obvious, significant, superficial, Hard, penetrate, comprehend, intricate, penetrating, far-reaching, intellect, thoroughly, skilled, sagacious, cunning, sound, pitch, contralto, highly, saturated, rich, heavy, muddy, boggy, sandy, road, distant, ancient, deeply, ocean, abyss, and depe.

See also: Deep

English

Etymology

From Middle English depe, deep, dep, deop, from Old English dēop (deep, profound; awful, mysterious; heinous; serious, solemn, earnest; extreme, great), from Proto-West Germanic *deup, from Proto-Germanic *deupaz (deep), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewbʰ-nós, from *dʰewb- (deep).

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Adjective

deep (comparative deeper, superlative deepest)

  1. (of distance or position; also figurative) Extending far away from a point of reference, especially downwards.
    1. Extending far down from the top, or surface, to the bottom, literally or figuratively.
      The lake is extremely deep.
      We hiked into a deep valley between tall mountains.
      There was a deep layer of dust on the floor; the room had not been disturbed for many years.
      In the mid-1970s, the economy went into a deep recession.
      We are in deep trouble.
    2. Far in extent in another (non-downwards, but generally also non-upwards) direction away from a point of reference.
      The shelves are 30 centimetres deep. — They are deep shelves.
    3. (in combination) Extending to a level or length equivalent to the stated thing.
      The water was waist-deep.
      There is an arm-deep hole in the wall.
    4. In a (specified) number of rows or layers.
      a crowd three deep along the funeral procession
    5. Thick.
      That cyclist's deep chest allows him to draw more air.
      • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
        Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
    6. Voluminous.
      to take a deep breath / sigh / drink
      • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
        Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
    7. Positioned or reaching far, especially down through something or into something.
      Diving down to deep wrecks can be dangerous.
      I can't get the bullet out – it's too deep.
      1. (cricket, baseball, softball) Far from the center of the playing area, near to the boundary of the playing area, either in absolute terms or relative to a point of reference.
        He is fielding at deep mid wicket.
        She hit a ball into deep center field.
      2. (sports such as soccer, tennis) Penetrating a long way, especially a long way forward.
        a deep volley
        a deep run into the opposition half
      3. (sports such as soccer, American football, tennis) Positioned back, or downfield, towards one's own goal, or towards or behind one's baseline or similar reference point.
        Our defensive live is too deep. We need to move further up the field.
        She returns serve from a very deep position.
    • Top definition
      The highest or uppermost part of something. (1 of 30 top definitions)
    • Cricket definition
      (1 of 5 cricket definitions)
    • Baseball definition
      A sport common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan, in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, resulting in the scoring of a run. The team with the most runs after termination of play, usually nine innings, wins. (1 of 3 baseball definitions)
    • Softball definition
      A game similar to baseball but played with a larger and softer ball which can be thrown overhand or underhand. (1 of 3 softball definitions)
    • American Football definition
      A game similar to rugby football played on a field of 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide (with two 10 yard-long endzones) in which two teams of 11 players attempt to get an ovoid ball into each other's territory.
  2. (intellectual, social) Complex, involved.
    1. Profound, having great meaning or import, but possibly obscure or not obvious.
      That is a deep thought!
    2. Significant, not superficial, in extent.
      They're in deep discussion.
    3. Hard to penetrate or comprehend; profound; intricate; obscure.
      a deep subject or plot
      • c. 1840, Thomas De Quincey:
        Why it was that the ancients had no landscape painting, is a question deep almost as the mystery of life, and harder of solution than all the problems of jurisprudence combined.
    4. Of penetrating or far-reaching intellect; not superficial; thoroughly skilled; sagacious; cunning.
    • Import definition
      Something brought in from an exterior source, especially for sale or trade. (1 of 4 import definitions)
    • Penetrate definition
      To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce. (1 of 6 penetrate definitions)
  3. (sound, voice) Low in pitch.
    She has a very deep contralto voice.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
    • Contralto definition
      The lowest female voice or voice part, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.
  4. (of a color or flavour) Highly saturated; rich.
    That's a very deep shade of blue.
    The spices impart a deep flavour to the dish.
    • Saturated definition
      simple past tense and past participle of saturate
  5. (sleep) Sound, heavy (describing a state of sleep from which one is not easily awoken).
    He was in a deep sleep.
  6. Muddy; boggy; sandy; said of roads.
    • Road definition
      A way used for travelling between places, originally one wide enough to allow foot passengers and horses to travel, now (US) usually one surfaced with asphalt or concrete and designed to accommodate many vehicles travelling in both directions. In the UK both senses are heard: a country road is the same as a country lane. (1 of 10 road definitions)
  7. (of time) Distant in the past, ancient.
    deep time
    in the deep past

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Adverb

deep (comparative more deep or deeper, superlative most deep or deepest)

  1. Far, especially far down through something or into something, physically or figuratively.
    The ogre lived in a cave deep underground.
    We ventured deep into the forest.
    His problems lie deep in the subconscious.
    I am deep in debt.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  2. (also deeply) In a profound, not superficial, manner.
    I thought long and deep.
  3. (also deeply) In large volume.
    breathe deep, drink deep
  4. (sports) Back towards one's own goal, baseline, or similar.
    He's normally a midfield player, but today he's playing deep.

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Noun

deep (countable and uncountable, plural deeps)

  1. (literary, with "the") The deep part of a lake, sea, etc.
    creatures of the deep
  2. (with "the") The sea, the ocean.
  3. A deep hole or pit, a water well; an abyss.
    • Psalm 42 verse 7:
      Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterfalls: All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
  4. (literary, with "the") A silent time; quiet isolation.
    the deep of night
  5. (rare) A deep shade of colour.
    • 2014, William H. Gass, On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry, page 59:
      For our blues we have the azures and ceruleans, lapis lazulis, the light and dusty, the powder blues, the deeps: royal, sapphire, navy, and marine []
  6. (US, rare) The profound part of a problem.
  7. (cricket) A fielding position near the boundary.
    Russell is a safe pair of hands in the deep.

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Central Franconian

Alternative forms

  • deef (northern Moselle Franconian; now predominant in Ripuarian)
  • dief (southern Moselle Franconian)

Etymology

Ultimately from Proto-West Germanic *deup. One of several Ripuarian relict words with an unshifted post-vocalic plosive. Compare Aap (ape), söke (to seek).

Pronunciation

Adjective

deep (masculine deepe, feminine deep, comparativer deeper, superlative et deepste)

  1. (Ripuarian, archaic in many dialects) deep

Middle English

Adjective

deep

  1. Alternative form of depe
    • Depe definition
      deep (extending or being greatly below the ground; being of deepness) (1 of 11 depe definitions)

Adverb

deep

  1. Alternative form of depe

Plautdietsch

Etymology

From Middle Low German diep, from Old Saxon diop.

Adjective

deep

  1. deep, profound