im·​pos·​si·​bly | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-blē How to pronounce impossibly (audio) \

Definition of impossibly

1 : not possibly
2 : to an improbable degree : unbelievably an impossibly green lawn

Examples of impossibly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Almost impossibly, Houston missed 27 3-point tries in a row. Bruce Jenkins,, "Game 2 joins the list of the Warriors’ greatest road wins," 3 June 2019 His impossibly long jab and agile feet established a rhythm in the first round. Norm Frauenheim,, "Could Tyson Fury be the next dominant force in heavyweight boxing?," 16 June 2019 The black hole the team observed was 53 million light-years away and an impossibly tiny dot in the sky. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Behind the Scenes of the First Black Hole Photo," 12 Apr. 2019 On the title screen, a pixelated moon hangs white and singular behind the rigging of the ship, its light shimmering on the water of an impossibly dark sea. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 The mom of twins kept her beauty look natural, with flowing, slightly curled, impossibly bouncy hair, a touch of blush and a light pink lip. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney's Polka Dot Skirt Suit Is Exactly What We Need Today," 27 Sep. 2018 Each member has their own distinctive personality and aesthetic — A-chan’s iconic ponytail, Kashiyuka’s impossibly straight long hair, and Nocchi’s flawless bob are just the beginning. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Perfume on Being the First Female J-Pop Group Ever to Play Coachella," 19 Apr. 2019 At first glance, the Astros have the best and deepest roster in baseball, one through 25, and their core is impossibly young and potent. Dave Sheinin,, "Astros hoping to avoid the inevitable World Series hangover: 'We're not the Cubs'," 8 Mar. 2018 Like its predecessors—the Countach, Diablo, and Murciélago—the Aventador SV is an impossibly wide, ridiculously low-slung blade of a car, with doors that scissor skyward and a huge V-12 behind the seats. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Took a Road Trip in a Supercar," 2 Feb. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impossibly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of impossibly

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about impossibly

Statistics for impossibly

Last Updated

9 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for impossibly

The first known use of impossibly was circa 1580

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on impossibly

Spanish Central: Translation of impossibly

Nglish: Translation of impossibly for Spanish Speakers

Comments on impossibly

What made you want to look up impossibly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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