Definition of "dreadful" []

  • Inspiring dread; terrible. (adjective)
  • Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking: dreadful table manners; this dreadful heat. (adjective)
  • Extremely disagreeable, shocking, or bad (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (intensifier) (adjective)
  • Causing dread; terrifying (adjective)
  • Inspiring awe (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dreadful" in a sentence
  • "It would be dreadful, _dreadful_, if Pegler began seeing ghosts, and turning hysterical."
  • ""That I can't stand it, that I can't go on with it, that it is dreadful to me, -- _dreadful! _""
  • ""Oh! would this long day, this dreadful, _dreadful_ waiting for -- _what_? ever come to an end?" she asked herself over and over again."