Preposterous Pre*pos"ter*ous, a. [L. praeposterus; prae before + posterus coming after, latter. See {Posterior}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in order. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The method I take may be censured as preposterous, because I thus treat last of the antediluvian earth, which was first in the order of nature. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end; utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd; perverted. ``Most preposterous conclusions.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Preposterous ass, that never read so far! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Absurd; perverted; wrong; irrational; foolish; monstrous. See {Absurd}. [1913 Webster] -- {Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly}, adv. -{Pre*pos"ter*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • preposterously — preposterous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utterly absurd or ridiculous. DERIVATIVES preposterously adverb preposterousness noun. ORIGIN Latin praeposterus reversed, absurd …   English terms dictionary

  • preposterously — adverb see preposterous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preposterously — See preposterous. * * * …   Universalium

  • preposterously — adverb In a preposterous manner …   Wiktionary

  • preposterously — prɪ pÉ‘strÉ™slɪ / pÉ’s adv. ridiculously, in a ludicrous manner; absurdly, foolishly, nonsensically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preposterously — pre·pos·ter·ous·ly …   English syllables

  • preposterously — See: preposterous …   English dictionary

  • preposterously — adverb so as to arouse or deserve laughter her income was laughably small, but she managed to live well • Syn: ↑laughably, ↑ridiculously, ↑ludicrously • Derived from adjective: ↑ludicrous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • preposterous — preposterously, adv. preposterousness, n. /pri pos teuhr euhs, treuhs/, adj. completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; utterly foolish: a preposterous tale. [1535 45; < L praeposterus with the hinder part foremost …   Universalium

  • queeby — Preposterously dorky in deed or act; so nerdy as to be painfully embarrasing even in recollection. I walked into his office and there he was talking to himself in a fake lordly English accent .He s so queeby …   Dictionary of american slang

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.