Definition of dreadful
dreadfullyplay \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
dreadfulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of dreadful in a Sentence
Her performance was absolutely dreadful.
Those children have such dreadful manners.
Recent Examples of dreadful from the Web
His 3-point percentage that season – 17.1 percent – was strikingly dreadful.
The story is dreadful and has affected hundreds of lives.
The polls remain dreadful for this joke of a president; the contradictions of Republicanism are being savagely exposed; the legislative agenda of an all-Republican government is careening.
And the Indians turned the page on a dreadful weekend with their strongest offensive showing of the year.
Then, weeks after returning home from a disappointing Olympics, Gay received that dreadful phone call.
Their record in the former quarters at Turner Field on the south side of the city was dreadful: 68-106, a pitiful winning percentage of .391.
Those game-breakers masked other deficiencies on offense, most notably Miami’s dreadful third-down conversion rate (36.7 percent, eighth-worst in football).
There are no doubt some moviegoers out there who will be thrilled by Shults’s pitch-black finale, finding some dreadful significance in it all.
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DREADFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dreadful for English Language Learners
: very bad or unpleasant
DREADFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of dreadful for Students
1 : causing fear a dreadful storm
2 : very unpleasant a dreadful cold
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