Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “terrible”

terrible

adjective uk   /ˈter.ə.bl̩/ us  

terrible adjective (UNPLEASANT)

A2 very unpleasant or serious or of low quality: The weather was terrible. We have just received some terrible news.

terrible adjective (VERY GREAT)

informal used to emphasize the great degree of something: This project is a terrible waste of money. She's a terrible nuisance.
(Definition of terrible from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of terrible?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “terrible”

Definitions of “terrible” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More