Definition of terrible
1 : extremely bad: such asa : notably unattractive or objectionable terrible behaviorb : of very poor quality a terrible moviec : strongly repulsive : obnoxious a terrible smell
terriblyplay \-blē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of terrible from the Web
At the center of the storm was Machado, currently in a terrible slump.
But May has been a terrible stretch for some of the young stars, with Kyle Schwarber's .139 average this month the second worst in baseball (75 or more plate appearances) and Addison Russell's .164 fifth worst.
Their run defense was terrible last year, allowing the most yards per carry (4.8) in the league.
Martial glory and its terrible expectations were not out of style, at least rhetorically, five years out from the carnage at Gettysburg.
My condolences for the victims of the terrible fire in Bilbao and my wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured.
Facebook postings show how much her family cherished those extra years, albeit while fretting over how such a terrible cancer could attack such an innocent child and cause her so much physical pain.
Even his terrible last year of depression, drugs, hospitalization, shock treatment and memory loss is high drama.
When G and I started dating, my TV was a 900-pound gorilla with terrible speakers and poor picture quality.
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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of terrible for English Language Learners
: very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant
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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