Dictionary

1dreadful

adjective dread·ful \ˈdred-fəl\

: very bad or unpleasant

Full Definition of DREADFUL

1
a :  inspiring dread :  causing great and oppressive fear
b :  inspiring awe or reverence
2
:  extremely bad, distasteful, unpleasant, or shocking
3
:  extreme <dreadful disorder>
dread·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
dread·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of DREADFUL

  1. Her performance was absolutely dreadful.
  2. Those children have such dreadful manners.

First Known Use of DREADFUL

13th century

2dreadful

noun

Definition of DREADFUL

:  a cheap and sensational story or periodical

First Known Use of DREADFUL

circa 1873

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: dreadinglyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: dreaddourAll Words Near: dreadful
May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears