[ adverb ] (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished


"the job is (just) about done" "the baby was almost asleep" "we're almost finished" "the car all but ran her down" "he nearly fainted" "well-nigh perfect" "virtually everyone"

Used in print

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

She just_about made me carry her upstairs and_then she clung_to me and would n't let me go .

It just_about blew us both out of the water when Eileen suddenly came_out with what she came_out with .

[ adverb ] (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct


"lasted approximately an hour" "he's about 30 years old" "some forty people came" "weighs around a hundred pounds" "roughly $3,000" "holds 3 gallons, more or less" "20 or so people were there"

Used in print

(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)

Henrietta , however , was at that time engaged in a lengthy correspondence with Joe 's older and more serious brother , Morris , who was just_about her own age and whom she had got to know well during trips to Philadelphia with Papa , when he substituted for Rabbi_Jastrow at Rodeph_Shalom_Temple there during its Rabbi 's absence in Europe .