American English

Definition of terrific adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(informal) excellent; wonderful I feel absolutely terrific today! She's doing a terrific job. You look terrific in that dress. He was really terrific when I was in trouble. That's terrific news! (ironic) So nobody's coming. Terrific! Thesaurusgreatcool fantastic fabulous terrific awesomeThese are all informal words that describe someone or something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something, often because it is fashionable, attractive, or different:I think their new song's really cool.fantastic (informal) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure:I had a fantastic vacation in Mexico.fabulous (informal) extremely good:Jane's a fabulous cook.(Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)terrific (informal) extremely good; wonderful:She's doing a terrific job.awesome (informal) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just awesome.Patterns to have a(n) great/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/awesome time to look/sound great/cool/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/awesome really great/cool/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/awesome absolutely great/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/awesome
  2. 2(informal) very large; very great I've got a terrific amount of work to do. We drove along at a terrific speed.
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