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  • adjective referring to something which goes down a long way, e.g. a well or mine


  • adjective occupying or indicating a fielding position a relatively long way from the batsman’s wicket
    Citation ‘Fowler might have been caught at short leg if the fielder had been two yards deeper’ (Robin Marlar, Sunday Times 31 July 1983)
    Citation ‘Parore’s wicket, cleverly obtained by first placing a man on the deep square boundary to indicate the possibility of the short ball and then pitching it up outside off stump … gave him [De Freitas] second-innings figures of five for 71’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 7 June 1994)
    Compare short See fielding positions


  • adjective located, coming from or reaching relatively far inside the body.


  • adjective strong and dark


  • adjective unpleasant, inferior
  • adjective impressive, attractive


  • used to describe a wine with an intense colour or flavour.

Origin & History of “deep”

Deep is a member of a quite extensive and heterogeneous family of English words. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic *deupaz (source also of German tief, Dutch diep, and Swedish djup), which was a derivative of the base *d(e)u- ‘deep, hollow’. this may also have been the ancestor of the first syllable of dabchick ‘little grebe’ (16th c.) (which would thus mean literally ‘diving duck’), while a nasalized version of it may underlie dimple. It produced dip, and a variant has given us dive.