AskDefine | Define stillborn

Dictionary Definition

stillborn adj
1 failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President" [syn: abortive, unsuccessful]
2 (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn; "a stillborn baby"

User Contributed Dictionary



First attested 1597, from English still + born.


  1. Dead at birth (also in figurative sense, as of plan, plot, etc.)
    "stillborn lamb"
    "a stillborn plot of coup d'état"
  2. That has failed to attract an audience (as of a motion picture, music album, show, or electronic game)
    "a stillborn movie"


dead at birth
that has failed to attract an audience
  • Norwegian: dødfødt

Extensive Definition

Stillborn can refer to stillbirth in medicine. It can also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abortive, asleep, asleep in Jesus, at rest, bearing, bereft of life, bootless, born, breathless, called home, calved, carrion, cast, croaked, dead, dead and gone, death-struck, deceased, defunct, demised, departed, departed this life, destitute of life, done for, dropped, exanimate, failed, failing, fallen, finished, foaled, food for worms, fruitless, futile, given birth, giving birth, gone, gone to glory, gone west, hatched, inanimate, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, lame, late, late lamented, launched into eternity, lifeless, manque, martyred, miscarried, miscarrying, nee, newborn, no more, of no effect, passed on, pushing up daisies, released, reposing, resting easy, sainted, sleeping, smitten with death, stickit, still, successless, taken away, taken off, unfortunate, unsuccessful, useless, whelped, with the Lord, with the saints, without life, without vital functions
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