Definition of terrible in English:

terrible

Syllabification: ter·ri·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈterəbəl
 
/

adjective

Phrases

terrible twos

informal A period in a child’s early social development (typically around the age of two years) that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.
More example sentences
  • Initially, the couple put his behaviour down to the "terrible twos" syndrome.
  • She never went through the "terrible twos."
  • This year's programmes explore the world of the " terrible twos ".

Derivatives

terribleness

noun
More example sentences
  • We have to see the reason behind the coercion, to experience the terribleness in the threat, before we, too, feel its presence.
  • The harsh, methodical thrash of '80s-style death-metal, and annoying and heavy vocal stylings, do nothing to save this album from total terribleness.
  • The terribleness of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as a film is kind of too bad, because the biography here, the story, the real wit and spirit of the writing, deserves a wide audience.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'causing terror'): via French from Latin terribilis, from terrere 'frighten'.

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