- The definition of an adverb is a part of speech that provides a greater description to a verb, adjective, another adverb, a phrase, a clause or a sentence.
Beautifully, quickly and happily are each an example of an adverb.
Origin: Middle English adverbe ; from Classical Latin adverbium ; from ad-, to plush verbum, a word
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noun Abbr. adv.
- The part of speech that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb.
- Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as so, very, and rapidly.
Origin: 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.
adverb - Cultural Definition
A part of speech that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs usually answer such questions as “How?” “Where?” “When?” or “To what degree?” The following italicized words are adverbs: “He ran well”; “She ran very well”; “The mayor is highly capable.”
- Adverbs are often formed by adding -ly to an adjective, as in truly or deeply.