English Online Dictionary. What means obvious? What does obvious mean?
16th century, from Latin obvius (“being in the way so as to meet, meeting, easy to access, at hand, ready, obvious”), from ob- (“before”) + via (“way”). In order to avoid an awkward form such as *obvy, the Latin ending -us was maintained in the form -ous (which is otherwise equivalent to Latin -osus).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑb.vi.əs/, (fast speech) /ˈɑ.vi.əs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒ.vɪəs/, /ˈɒb.vɪəs/, (fast speech) /ˈɒv.jəs/
- Hyphenation: ob‧vi‧ous
obvious (comparative more obvious, superlative most obvious)
- Easily discovered, seen, or understood; self-explanatory.
- See also Thesaurus:obvious.
- obvious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- obvious in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.