Definition of way adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//weɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪ//
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  1. 1  (used with a preposition or an adverb) very far; by a large amount She finished the race way ahead of the other runners. I must be going home; it's way past my bedtime. The price is way above what we can afford. They live way out in the suburbs. This skirt is way (= a lot) too short. I guessed that there would be a hundred people there, but I was way out(= wrong by a large amount).
  2. 2(used with an adjective) (informal, especially North American English) very Things just got way difficult. I'm way glad to hear that.
  3. Word OriginOld English weg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weg and German Weg, from a base meaning ‘move, carry’.Idioms a long time ago I first met him way back in the 80s. Way back, when he was a boy, he had lived on a farm in Wales.
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