WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•bys•mal /əˈbɪzməl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or like an abyss:abysmal depths.
  2. extremely bad or severe:abysmal weather.
a•bys•mal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•bys•mal  (ə bizməl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of or like an abyss;
    immeasurably deep or great.
  2. extremely or hopelessly bad or severe:abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.
a•bysmal•ly, adv. 
  • abysm + -al1 1650–60


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

abysmal /əˈbɪzməl/ adj
  1. immeasurable; very great
  2. informal extremely bad

aˈbysmally adv



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