General English


  • adjective impressive, excellent. An all-purpose vogue term of approval used first by British mods in 1963 and 1964 and later by American teenagers and their British imitators in the 1970s and 1980s.


  • adjective used for describing an injury that is very bad or painful

Origin & History of “severe”

Severe is a descendant, via Old French severe, of Latin sevērus, a word of uncertain origin. English asseveration ‘firm declaration’ (16th c.) comes from its Latin derivative asseverāre ‘assert earnestly’.