from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of speech that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb.
  • n. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as so, very, and rapidly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word that modifies a verb, adjective, other adverbs, or various other types of words, phrases, or clauses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word used to modify the sense of a verb, participle, adjective, or other adverb, and usually placed near it

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In grammar, one of the indeclinable parts of speech: so called from being ordinarily joined to verbs for the purpose of limiting or extending their signification, but used also to qualify adjectives and other adverbs: as, I readily admit; you speak wisely; very cold; naturally brave; very generally acknowledged;

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses
  • n. a word that modifies something other than a noun


Middle English adverbe, from Old French, from Latin adverbium (translation of Greek epirrhēma) : ad-, in relation to; see ad- + verbum, word, verb; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French adverbe, from Latin adverbium, from ad- ("to") + verbum ("word"). (Wiktionary)



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