primevally (priˈmevally) or primaevally (priˈmaevally)
Word origin of 'primeval'
C17: from Latin prīmaevus youthful, from prīmus first + aevum age
primeval for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (praɪmiːvəl)
regional note: in BRIT, also use primaeval
1. adjective [usu ADJ n]
You use primeval to describe things that belong to a very early period in the history of the world. [formal] ⇒ ...the dense primeval forests that once covered inland Brittany. ⇒ ...a vast expanse of primeval swamp.
2. adjective [usu ADJ n]
You use primeval to describe feelings and emotions that are basic and not the result of thought. ⇒ ...a primeval urge to hit out at that which causes him pain.