terrible etymology

English word terrible comes from Proto-Indo-European *strēy-, and later Latin terribilis (Frightful, dreadful, terrible.)

Detailed word origin of terrible

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*strēy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*tres- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
terreo Latin (lat) I deter by terror, scare (away). I frighten, terrify, alarm.
terribilis Latin (lat) Frightful, dreadful, terrible.
terrible English (eng) Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.. Formidable, powerful.. Intense; extreme in degree or extent.. Unpleasant; disagreeable.. Very bad; lousy.

Words with the same origin as terrible

Descendants of *strēy-