What does Awful mean?

Definitions for Awful
ˈɔ fəlAw·ful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Awful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable(adj)

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

  3. nasty, awful(adj)

    offensive or even (of persons) malicious

    "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound

  4. awed, awful(adj)

    inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence

    "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"

  5. frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous(adj)

    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

    "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"

  6. amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing(adverb)

    inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

    "New York is an amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"; "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville; "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent"

  7. terribly, awfully, awful, frightfully(adverb)

    used as intensifiers

    "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"

Wiktionary

  1. awful(Adverb)

    Very, extremely; as, an awful big house.

  2. awful(Adjective)

    Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.

  3. awful(Adjective)

    Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.

  4. awful(Adjective)

    Struck or filled with awe.

  5. awful(Adjective)

    Terror-stricken.

  6. awful(Adjective)

    Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.

  7. awful(Adjective)

    Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.

  8. awful(Adjective)

    Very bad.

    My socks smell awful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awful(adj)

    oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene

  2. Awful(adj)

    inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive

  3. Awful(adj)

    struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken

  4. Awful(adj)

    worshipful; reverential; law-abiding

  5. Awful(adj)

    frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster

Freebase

  1. Awful

    "Awful" is the twelfth single, and also third EP, by American alternative rock band Hole, from their third studio album Celebrity Skin. Released in April 1999 by Geffen Records as a CD single, the song's lyrics explore how the media and modern pop culture corrupt young girls and how they should rebel against this. The line "swing low, sweet cherry" in the song is an allusion to the African American spiritual hymn, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".

Editors Contribution

  1. awful

    very bad, horrible

    This year has been awful.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 2, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Awful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4137

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Awful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #873

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Awful' in Adjectives Frequency: #431

How to pronounce Awful?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Awful in sign language?

  1. awful

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Awful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Awful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Awful in a Sentence

  1. Howard Archer:

    As horrific as these events are - and this is truly awful - economic activity does tend to be pretty resilient.

  2. Joe Biden:

    I might add if you come to the train station with me you'll notice I have great relationships with them because there's an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine.

  3. Wendy Jackson:

    There have been awful tragic stories of people who have given up hope, i did a funeral for a gentleman here a few months ago who just became so depressed and became physically ill and he just gave up. He had to sell all his cattle. His wife is now still struggling on their place to keep it going.

  4. Doug Steiner:

    It was really awful looking with wild dogs -- literally wild dogs -- roaming the streets here, i liked the industrial landscape a lot and the opportunity. To me Brooklyn was a great opportunity waiting to happen because of the proximity to Manhattan.

  5. Laurence Bolotin:

    We have reached out to start a dialogue with the Warrior Beach Retreat and to offer whatever assistance we can to rectify this awful situation.

Images & Illustrations of Awful

  1. AwfulAwfulAwfulAwfulAwful

Popularity rank by frequency of use

Awful#1#9775#10000

Translations for Awful

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Awful »

Translation

Find a translation for the Awful definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these Awful definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "Awful." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 2 Dec. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Awful>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Awful? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Awful:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.