adjective \ˈter-ə-bəl, ˈte-rə-\

: very shocking and upsetting

: very bad or unpleasant

Full Definition of TERRIBLE

a :  exciting extreme alarm or intense fear :  terrifying
b :  formidable in nature :  awesome <a terrible responsibility>
c :  difficult <in a terrible bind>
:  extreme, great <a terrible disappointment>
:  extremely bad: as
a :  strongly repulsive :  obnoxious <a terrible smell>
b :  notably unattractive or objectionable <terrible behavior>
c :  of very poor quality <a terrible movie>
ter·ri·ble·ness noun
ter·ri·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of TERRIBLE

  1. Traffic was held up by a terrible accident.
  2. I have a terrible cold.
  3. 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

Rhymes with TERRIBLE


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