Formed as medium + dead by analogy with medium rare, medium dry, etc.
medium dead (not comparable)
- (humorous) Unconscious and near death.
- 1953, Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation (1971 Panther Books Ltd publication), part II: “Search by the Foundation”, chapter 7: ‘Arcadia’, page 79, ¶ 5
- She paused for a much-needed breath, and the man said, grittily, “Except that I think I’ll choke you just about medium dead and get out of here, with the briefcase.”