What does Awful mean?

Definitions for Awful
ˈɔ fəlAwful

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    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, terribleadjective

    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, awfuladjective

    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, awfuladjective

    inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence

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

  5. frightful, terrible, awful, tremendousadjective

    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, awingadverb

    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, frightfullyadverb

    used as intensifiers

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

Wiktionary

  1. awfuladverb

    Very, extremely; as, an awful big house.

  2. awfuladjective

    Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.

  3. awfuladjective

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

  4. awfuladjective

    Struck or filled with awe.

  5. awfuladjective

    Terror-stricken.

  6. awfuladjective

    Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.

  7. awfuladjective

    Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.

  8. awfuladjective

    Very bad.

    My socks smell awful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awfuladjective

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

  2. Awfuladjective

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

  3. Awfuladjective

    struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken

  4. Awfuladjective

    worshipful; reverential; law-abiding

  5. Awfuladjective

    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?

How to say Awful in sign language?

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. Laura Swanson:

    We were talking in the car how someone smeared poop on their church, and that was a really, really awful thing to do, and we had a good conversation what churches are for and how everybody's churches are important.

  2. Stephen Ross:

    First of all, he’s probably one of the brightest coaches that I’ve spoken to. When you talk to people, the first thing they ’ll say about Mike is he is innovative, he is thinking outside the box. I had coaches in his former division calling me and telling me how great he was and I said, why are you calling ? And they said, ‘ Really, to get him out of the division. ’ It says an awful lot about a person and who he is.

  3. Georgia Hull:

    She can’t chew, and she’s eating mashed up foods and drinking through a straw. But we’re getting there. they are absolutely amazing and we can’t manage without them, she said. It saved an awful lot of time for us that day in getting her to hospital. We’ve got a lot of fundraising going on for the air ambulance as a result of this. The guy who drove Georgia from the track to meet the air ambulance, he has had a long beard for 20 years and at the Royal Cornwall Show he is shaving it off to raise funds.

  4. Mariupol Deputy Mayor Sergei Orlov:

    I am absolutely sure that Ukrainian Army will defend our city up to the last bullet, so I don't know how many days is it possible to survive because people are in very bad condition and awful condition, and… I'm absolutely sure it's war crimes and genocide.

  5. Jim Fassel:

    It was a great time, a great time, people ask me,' Wasn't the media awful to you ?' No, I'm friends with a lot of them. I respect the media. They have a job to do. I'll tell you what, I was with( five) different franchises( including Baltimore, where he served as an assistant post-Giants), but the Giants is how I learned to coach in the NFL, mainly from( the late general manager and Pro Football Hall of Famer) George Young. They run it right. They put the marbles in a row to win.

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, 2022. Web. 20 May 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Awful>.

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

    Browse Definitions.net

    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!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. guts
    • B. odometer
    • C. empire
    • D. investigating

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Awful: