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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [om-uh-nuh s]
    • /ˈɒm ə nəs/
    • /ˈɒm.ɪ.nəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [om-uh-nuh s]
    • /ˈɒm ə nəs/

Definitions of ominously word

  • adjective ominously portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious: an ominous bank of dark clouds. 1
  • adjective ominously indicating the nature of a future event, for good or evil; having the significance of an omen; being a portent: Some of these events were immediately ominous, while others only later revealed themselves as such. 1
  • noun ominously In an ominous manner; with sinister foreboding. 1
  • adverb ominously like a bad sign or portent 1

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Origin of ominously

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Latin ōminōsus portentous, equivalent to ōmin- (stem of ōmen) omen + -ōsus -ous

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Parts of speech for Ominously


ominously popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ominously

adverb ominously

  • threateningly — tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
  • worryingly — to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
  • gloomily — dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
  • portentously — of the nature of a portent; momentous.
  • unpromising — unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.

Antonyms for ominously

adverb ominously

  • favorably — characterized by approval or support; positive: a favorable report.
  • favourably — (British, Canada) In a favourable manner.

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