- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbɪz.məl/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɪz.məl/
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- Rhymes: -ɪsməl
- (now rare) Pertaining to, or resembling an abyss. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (figuratively) extremely bad; terrible.
- 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport:
- Robben curled an effort against the foot of the post from the edge of the box after being gifted the ball by an abysmal clearance from keeper Stephan Andersen.
- Nouns to which "abysmal" is often applied: ignorance, record, performance, poverty, conditions, quality, perplexity, result, service, and failure.
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- “abysmal” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 11.
- abysmal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- abysmal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911