Simple Definition of terrible
: very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant
Full Definition of terrible
3 : extremely bad: asa : strongly repulsive : obnoxious <a terrible smell>b : notably unattractive or objectionable <terrible behavior>c : of very poor quality <a terrible movie>
Examples of terrible in a sentence
Traffic was held up by a terrible accident.
I have a terrible cold.
The service at that restaurant is terrible.
Origin of terrible
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to frighten — more at terror
First Known Use: 15th century
TERRIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of terrible for Students
1 : very great in degree <a terrible fright> <a terrible mess>
2 : very bad <I got a terrible grade on the test.>
3 : causing great fear <a terrible monster>
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