- almost impossible to believe; incredible.
- Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.
- told about in fables; purely imaginary: the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
- known about only through myths or legends.
Origin of fabulous
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Examples from the Web for fabulously
The fabulously profitable company that Jobs created did not reply to a request for comment.Murdered for Her iPhone
May 8, 2014
And most glaringly, the fabulously wealthy woman professing to shoulder the burdens of the poor.Can Suze Orman Save America?
November 10, 2013
These three actors, Australian-bred and innately brooding, comprise the fabulously Hemsworth brothers.Luke, Chris, and Liam: Your Guide to the Fabulous Hemsworth Brothers
August 15, 2013
His death left her fabulously wealthy and charged with disbursing the millions of the Astor Foundation.Anthony Marshall Heads to Prison, Ending the Brooke Astor Affair
June 22, 2013
We'll get a pic up of this fabulously somber piece of weaponry as soon as they drop.Live Blogging Thatcher’s London Funeral
April 17, 2013
I tell you it was fabulously innocent and it was enormous, enormous!Lord Jim
In the underworld he was believed to be fabulously wealthy, as no doubt he was.Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
William Le Queux
But the churches, small and fabulously ancient, affected him most.Hawthorne and His Circle
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
- almost unbelievable; astounding; legendaryfabulous wealth
- informal extremely gooda fabulous time at the party
- of, relating to, or based upon fablea fabulous beast
Word Origin and History for fabulously
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"]