adjective, pro·found·er, pro·found·est.

noun Literary.

Nearby words

  1. profitless,
  2. profligacy,
  3. profligate,
  4. profluent,
  5. proformiphen,
  6. profoundly,
  7. profoundly deaf,
  8. profumo,
  9. profundity,
  10. profuse

Origin of profound

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin profundus deep, vast, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + fundus bottom (see found2)

Related formspro·found·ly, adverbpro·found·ness, nounun·pro·found, adjectiveun·pro·found·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for profound

British Dictionary definitions for profound



penetrating deeply into subjects or ideasa profound mind
showing or requiring great knowledge or understandinga profound treatise
situated at or extending to a great depth
reaching to or stemming from the depths of one's natureprofound regret
intense or absoluteprofound silence
thoroughgoing; extensiveprofound changes


archaic, or literary a great depth; abyss
Derived Formsprofoundly, adverbprofoundness or profundity (prəˈfʌndɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for profound

C14: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus deep, from pro- 1 + fundus bottom

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Word Origin and History for profound



c.1300, "characterized by intellectual depth," from Old French profund (12c., Modern French profond), from Latin profundus "deep, bottomless, vast," also "obscure; profound; immoderate," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundus "bottom" (see fund (n.)). The literal and figurative senses both were in Latin, but English, having already deep, employed this word primarily in its figurative sense. Related: Profoundly.

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