Definitions for previousˈpri vi əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•vi•ousˈpri vi əs(adj.)

  1. coming or occurring before something else; prior:

    the previous owner.

  2. Informal. done, occurring, etc., before the proper time; premature:

    Aren't you a little previous with that request?

    Category: Informal

Idioms for previous:

  1. previous to,before; prior to.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of previous:

1615–25; < L praevius going before =prae-pre - +-vius, adj. der. of via way; see -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. previous(a), old(adj)

    just preceding something else in time or order

    "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"

  2. former(a), late(a), previous(a)(adj)

    (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"

  3. previous(p), premature(adj)

    too soon or too hasty

    "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. previous(adjective)ˈpri vi əs

    from an earlier time

    We had spoken on four previous occasions.; my previous boss/boyfriend; Do you have any previous experience?


  1. previous(Noun)

    An existing criminal record

    It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.

  2. previous(Adjective)

    prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.

    He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.

  3. previous(Adjective)

    premature; occurring too soon.

    I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Previous(adj)

    going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, previous arrangements; a previous illness

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #791

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1332

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Adjectives Frequency: #93

Anagrams of previous

  1. pervious

  2. viperous

Translations for previous

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


earlier in time or order

on a previous occasion; the previous owner of the house.

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