- 1Of great size, amount, or intensity: there was a terrific bangMore example sentences
- The same goes for De Niro, who plays his part with such terrific intensity.
- There has always been a terrific amount of keeping up with the Joneses.
- In the final the large crowd was enthralled by a game of intense skill and terrific excitement.
- 1.1 • informal Extremely good; excellent: it’s been such a terrific day you look terrificMore example sentences
- He is an excellent tackler with terrific instincts and the speed to chase down plays.
- It sounded like a terrific idea, but somehow got extremely muddled along the way.
- In the south of France a wonderful woman supervises another terrific restaurant, the Hostellerie Jerome in La Turbie.
- [as submodifier]: she’s been terrifically busy latelyMore example sentences
- He brings to the plate some truly fragrant and terrifically tender roasted meat.
- Malkovich's first film is a triumphant and terrifically stylish exercise in moviemaking; it has a real identity and signature.
- He is terrifically smart, funny, judicious, a great lawyer, and knowledgeable about law, history, and so much else.
mid 17th century (sense 2): from Latin terrificus, from terrere 'frighten'.