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

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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. Jesse Owens:

    We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

  2. Rory Cole:

    If you’re going from Al Faw to Basra to Baghdad to Istanbul you’re going to have an awful lot of sites regenerating that signal, they need to be protected, each one of those hops exposes it to more interference.

  3. The Paris-based IEA:

    The number could be higher of course and many senior international oil company figures have said so but there is a lingering feeling that the big fall-off in production from U.S. shale producers is taking an awful long time to happen. Perhaps resilience still has some way to go.

  4. Sylvia Johnson:

    My cousin, being the nice, kind, welcoming person he is, he welcomed him to his congregation, welcomed him to the Bible study, and he sat there for an hour ... At the conclusion of the Bible study, they just heard just a ringing of a loud noise, and it was just awful from what I heard.

  5. Matt Zeller:

    This bill is awful.

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