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fabulous

[fab-yuh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. almost impossible to believe; incredible.
  2. Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.
  3. told about in fables; purely imaginary: the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
  4. known about only through myths or legends.

Origin of fabulous

1540–50; < Latin fābulōsus, equivalent to fābul(a) fable + -ōsus -ous
Related formsfab·u·lous·ly, adverbfab·u·lous·ness, nounun·fab·u·lous, adjectiveun·fab·u·lous·ly, adverb

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3. fabled, fictitious, invented, fictional.
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Examples from the Web for fabulously

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  • I tell you it was fabulously innocent and it was enormous, enormous!

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • In the underworld he was believed to be fabulously wealthy, as no doubt he was.

  • But the churches, small and fabulously ancient, affected him most.

    Hawthorne and His Circle

    Julian Hawthorne

  • And now, Polter, up here with a fabulously rich "gold mine."

  • I saw that she was pleased with this fabulously; but I did not take it ill of her.

    Hania

    Henryk Sienkiewicz


British Dictionary definitions for fabulously

fabulous

adjective
  1. almost unbelievable; astounding; legendaryfabulous wealth
  2. informal extremely gooda fabulous time at the party
  3. of, relating to, or based upon fablea fabulous beast
Derived Formsfabulously, adverbfabulousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fābulōsus celebrated in fable, from fābula fable
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Word Origin and History for fabulously

fabulous

adj.

early 15c., "mythical, legendary," from Latin fabulosus "celebrated in fable; rich in myths," from fabula (see fable (n.)).

Sense of "incredible" first recorded c.1600. Slang shortening fab first recorded 1957; popularized in reference to The Beatles, c.1963.

Fabulous (often contracted to fab(s)) and fantastic are also in that long list of words which boys and girls use for a time to express high commendation and then get tired of, such as, to go no farther back than the present century, topping, spiffing, ripping, wizard, super, posh, smashing. [Gower's 1965 revision of Fowler's "Modern English Usage"]

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