1. causing fear or dread or terror
- the dread presence of the headmaster
- polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
- a dreadful storm
2. exceptionally bad or displeasing
- dreadful manners
3. extremely disagreeable and unpleasant
- don't go out, the weather is dreadful
Similar word(s): disagreeable
1. A shocking or sensational crime.
2. A shocking or sensational report of a crime.