Definition of terrific in US English:

terrific

adjective

  • 1Of great size, amount, or intensity.

    ‘there was a terrific bang’
    • ‘One day a golf course I built in Arkansas flooded, and there was a terrific amount of damage.’
    • ‘Bacon demand from seaside towns is terrific, because Mr and Mrs John Bull will have bacon and eggs for breakfast when on holiday.’
    • ‘As the lights go down strobe lighting and terrific claps of thunder herald the storm.’
    • ‘There was a terrific demand for the bins and we had to queue over an hour to get ours.’
    • ‘The Yacht pub in Clontarf was buzzing at midnight last night and strong drink was being consumed at a terrific rate.’
    • ‘I was surprised how well it went at Sandown and it was a terrific effort by the team, considering they had a huge repair job to do after the last round.’
    • ‘The law was passed in the wake of terrific scandals involving railroads and other corporate titans.’
    • ‘With a terrific bang, he drives the hammer into some kind of post to send it further into the ground.’
    • ‘This was a historic night and nobody at OUABC was hiding the fact that this event was a huge milestone of terrific importance.’
    • ‘A York amateur astronomer also said his room was lit up as a huge object moved across the sky at terrific speed.’
    • ‘The same goes for De Niro, who plays his part with such terrific intensity.’
    • ‘Why is there this terrific increase in demand for pellets?’
    • ‘There was a terrific, deafening crash, and a dazzling flash of intense red light.’
    • ‘She lasted 16 hours with terrific injuries and the staff were nothing but kind and considerate.’
    • ‘W. H. Hudson comments on the gauchos' terrific waste of meat, excess being fed to the dogs by the barrowload.’
    • ‘In the final the large crowd was enthralled by a game of intense skill and terrific excitement.’
    • ‘There has always been a terrific amount of keeping up with the Joneses.’
    • ‘An hour later we were caught in a terrific thunder storm - lightning, torrential rain, the works.’
    • ‘At midnight I could hear in my bed the terrific gusts and the sounds of a driving deluge.’
    • ‘I was extremely sensitive to light and sound, I had terrific migraine headaches and my hormones seemed to have gone awry.’
    tremendous, huge, massive, gigantic, colossal, mighty, great, very great, very big, prodigious, formidable, sizeable, considerable
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely good; excellent.
      ‘it's been such a terrific day’
      ‘you look terrific’
      • ‘It's a huge game and it would be terrific to put two wins together in a row.’
      • ‘I would love to come back sometime because it's a terrific club full of lovely people.’
      • ‘In the south of France a wonderful woman supervises another terrific restaurant, the Hostellerie Jerome in La Turbie.’
      • ‘There was a tremendous atmosphere and it was a terrific surface to play on.’
      • ‘One of the major attractions of the day will be the hundreds of terrific children's books for sale at very reasonable prices.’
      • ‘He is an excellent tackler with terrific instincts and the speed to chase down plays.’
      • ‘The culture shock was huge when I went first but the weather is terrific.’
      • ‘She said the friends she and her husband Eugene have met have been terrific and the children absolutely wonderful.’
      • ‘The movie is terrific and really almost perfectly captures the feeling of what it was like to sit in a theater and watch the show.’
      • ‘The night was a terrific celebration of the past five years and many wonderful memories were revived.’
      • ‘It's a terrific work, and shows a huge architectural reach as well as great power.’
      • ‘It sounded like a terrific idea, but somehow got extremely muddled along the way.’
      • ‘I've had a tremendous time there and made some terrific friends on and off the pitch and it's sad to be leaving them behind.’
      • ‘The Jaguar's sound system is terrific too, but it should be, this is a luxury car.’
      • ‘The intense flavor of dried mushrooms makes them a terrific seasoning ingredient.’
      • ‘Tamoszius is a terrific fiddler, and able to make a nice amount of money playing at local parties.’
      • ‘It would be a building within a building, which is terrific for minimizing sound spillage.’
      • ‘Both performers are terrific and earn an enormous amount of audience goodwill.’
      • ‘The last few months, we've had some terrific live appearances by some great musical artist.’
      • ‘The jazz-flavored score sounds terrific and most of the dialogue can be heard.’
      excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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  • 2archaic Causing terror.

    dreadful, terrible, appalling, awful, horrific, horrible, horrendous, horrifying, hideous, grim, ghastly, gruesome, frightful, fearful
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in terrific (sense 2)): from Latin terrificus, from terrere ‘frighten’.

Pronunciation

terrific

/təˈrifik//təˈrɪfɪk/