• (British) IPA: /ˈtɛ.ɹə.bl̩/, /ˈtɛ.ɹɪ.bl̩/

terrible (comparative terribler, superlative terriblest)

  1. Dreadful; causing terror, alarm and fear; awesome
    The witch gave him a terrible curse.
  2. Formidable, powerful.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      […] and there was even a party of the younger men who pretended to admire him, calling him a "true sea-dog," and "real old salt," and such-like names, and saying there was the sort of man that made England terrible at sea.
  3. Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
    He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.
  4. Unpleasant; disagreeable.
    The food was terrible, but it was free.
  5. Very bad; lousy.
    Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.
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  1. (colloquial, dialect) In a terrible way; to a terrible extent; terribly; awfully.
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