AskDefine | Define deathtrap

Dictionary Definition

deathtrap n : any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. An extremely dangerous location, structure or device.
    Route 9 is a deathtrap, they should at least put up guard rails.
    Dude, your car is a deathtrap! Get the brakes AND the steering fixed.
  2. A plot device where a villain in a story puts a hero in an elaborate dangerous situation for the purposes of attempting a sadistic murder.

Extensive Definition

Deathtrap may refer to:
  • Deathtrap (play), a 1978 play by Ira Levin which won the Tony Award for Best Play
  • Deathtrap (film), a 1982 film based on the Levin play
  • Deathtrap (plot device), a plot device in fiction and drama
  • Deathtrap, a hypothetical organism from Extraterrestrial
  • Deathtrap, a character from Stormwatch, leader of a team of mercenaries
  • The Death Trap, a 1984 video game developed and published by Square for the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, and Fujitsu FM-7
  • "Death Trap", a song by Hawkwind from their 1979 album PXR5
  • "Death Trap", a song by Pantera from their 1988 album Power Metal
  • "Death Trap", a song by Gravediggaz from their 1997 album 6 Feet Deep
deathtrap in French: Deathtrap
deathtrap in Korean: 죽음의 덫
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