awful

  • 1 Awful — means extremely bad, unpleasant, or terrible; also amazing, full of awe, awe inspiring, awesome Awful may also mean: * Awful (song), a 1999 single by the band Hole * Awful Orphan , a 1949 cartoon * Awful Gardner, a notorious gambler * Awful End …

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  • 2 Awful — Aw ful, a. 1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene. The hour of Nature s awful throes. Hemans. [1913 Webster] 2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 awful — 1. There are two main stages in the development of this word from its primary meaning (which goes back to the time of King Alfred) of ‘inspiring awe’. First, from about 1800 it came to mean ‘very bad’ (as in awful weather, an awful time); then… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Awful — «Awful» Single de Hole del álbum Celebrity Skin Formato CD, 7 Grabación 1998 Género(s) Rock alternativo , power pop …

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  • 5 awful — [ô′fəl] adj. [ME awful, agheful: see AWE & FUL] 1. inspiring awe; highly impressive 2. causing fear; terrifying 3. dreadful; appalling 4. full of awe; reverential 5. very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 awful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) very bad or unpleasant. 2) used for emphasis: an awful lot. 3) archaic inspiring awe. DERIVATIVES awfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 awful — index dire, heinous, lamentable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 awful — (adj.) c.1300, agheful worthy of respect or fear, from aghe, an earlier form of AWE (Cf. awe), + FUL (Cf. ful). Replaced O.E. egefull. Weakened sense very bad is from 1809; weakened sense of exceedingly is by 1818 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 awful — *fearful, dreadful, frightful, terrible, horrible, shocking, appalling, terrific, horrific Analogous words: impressive, *moving: solemn, *serious, grave: imposing, august, majestic (see GRAND): sublime, superb, *splendid: *ominous …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 awful — [adj] very bad; terrible abominable, alarming, appalling, atrocious, deplorable, depressing, dire, disgusting, distressing, dreadful, fearful, frightful, ghastly, grody*, gross*, gruesome, grungy*, harrowing, hideous, horrendous, horrible,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 awful — aw|ful1 [ ɔfl ] adjective ** used for emphasizing how unpleasant someone or something is: TERRIBLE: The smell was absolutely awful. This wine tastes awful. He had the awful feeling that everyone was laughing at him. There were these awful people… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 awful — adj. (colloq.) 1) awful about (I feel awful about it) 2) awful for (the situation is awful for all of us) 3) awful to + inf. (it was awful to work there = it was awful working there) 4) awful that + clause (it s awful that they were reprimanded… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 awful — [[t]ɔ͟ːfʊl[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that someone or something is awful, you dislike that person or thing or you think that they are not very good. We met and I thought he was awful... I couldn t stand London! Bloody awful place. ...an… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 awful — awfulness, n. /aw feuhl/, adj. 1. extremely bad; unpleasant; ugly: awful paintings; an awful job. 2. inspiring fear; dreadful; terrible: an awful noise. 3. solemnly impressive; inspiring awe: the awful majesty of alpine peaks. 4. full of awe;… …

    Universalium

  • 15 awful — I UK [ˈɔːf(ə)l] / US [ˈɔf(ə)l] adjective ** 1) used for emphasizing how unpleasant someone or something is This wine tastes awful. These awful people behind us talked all through the film. The smell was absolutely awful. He had the awful feeling… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 awful — aw|ful1 S1 [ˈo:fəl US ˈo: ] adj 1.) very bad or unpleasant = ↑terrible ▪ The weather was awful. ▪ He is a pretty awful driver. ▪ That fridge smells awful. ▪ The last six months have been awful for her. ▪ I ve stopped believing most of what he… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 awful — aw•ful [[t]ˈɔ fəl[/t]] adj. 1) extremely bad; unpleasant; disagreeable 2) inspiring fear; terrible: an awful noise[/ex] 3) solemnly impressive: the awful majesty of the peaks[/ex] 4) cvb extremely dangerous, risky, injurious, etc.: an awful fall; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 awful — 1 adjective 1 very bad or unpleasant: The weather was awful. | a really awful book | These canned apricots taste awful! | I felt awful about not being able to help. 2 (only before noun) spoken used to emphasize how much or how good, bad etc… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 awful — I. adjective Date: 13th century 1. inspiring awe 2. filled with awe: as a. obsolete afraid, terrified b. deeply respectful or reverential 3. extremely disagreeable or objectionable < awful food > 4. exceedingly great used as an intensive …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 awful — 01. The party was really [awful]; I wish I d stayed home. 02. You re [awfully] quiet today. Is something the matter? 03. There was an [awful] smell of cat waste in the old woman s house. 04. Judy was awake all night, and looked absolutely [awful] …

    Grammatical examples in English