direful

adjective
dire·​ful | \ ˈdī(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce direful (audio) \

Definition of direful

1 : dreadful direful war began again— Charles Dickens
2 : ominous

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from direful

direfully \ ˈdī(-​ə)r-​fə-​lē How to pronounce direful (audio) \ adverb

Examples of direful in a Sentence

the stock market crash was the first direful indication of the dark days to come heard the direful howling of the wolves during the night

First Known Use of direful

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About direful

Time Traveler for direful

Time Traveler

The first known use of direful was in 1565

See more words from the same year

Statistics for direful

Cite this Entry

“Direful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/direful. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on direful

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for direful

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!