- a mixed feeling of reverence, fear, and wonder, caused by something majestic, sublime, sacred, etc.
- Archaic the power of inspiring intense fear or fearful reverence
- Obs. terror; dread
Origin of aweMiddle English age, aghe, awe from Old Norse agi from Indo-European base an unverified form agh-, to be depressed, afraid from source Old English ege, Gothic agis, Classical Greek achos
transitive verbawed, aw·ing
stand in awe of