Definition of terrific adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//təˈrɪfɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//təˈrɪfɪk//
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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! Synonymsgreatcool fantastic fabulous terrific brilliant awesome epicThese are all informal words that describe somebody/​something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in Madrid.cool (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:‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’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.brilliant (British English, informal), extremely good; wonderful:‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’awesome (informal, especially North American English) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just awesome.epic (informal) very good, impressive or enjoyable:The adventure and action are truly epic in scope.Patterns to have a(n) great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome time to look/​sound great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome really great/​cool/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome absolutely great/​fantastic/​fabulous/​terrific/​brilliant/​awesome/​epic
  2. 2(informal) very large; very great I've got a terrific amount of work to do. We drove along at a terrific speed.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (originally referring to something that causes terror): from Latin terrificus, from terrere ‘frighten’.Extra examples He’s terrific with animals. She’s terrific at chess. We came back from holiday feeling terrific. You look really terrific in that dress. ‘How do you feel today?’ ‘Terrific!’ She’s doing a terrific job. To win one of our terrific prizes, answer these three questions.
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