Awful meaning

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Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible.

Had an awful day at the office.

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Awful is defined as very much so or extremely.

If someone is really sick that is an example of someone being awful sick.

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Filled with awe, especially:
  • Filled with or displaying great reverence.
  • Afraid.
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Formidable in nature or extent.

An awful burden; an awful risk.

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Extremely; very.

Was awful sick.

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Inspiring awe; highly impressive.
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Causing fear; terrifying.
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Dreadful; appalling.
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Full of awe; reverential.
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Very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc.

An awful joke.

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Great.

An awful lot of laughing.

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Very; extremely.
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Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.
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(now rare) Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.
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Struck or filled with awe.
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Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.

An awful bonnet.

I have learnt an awful amount today.

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Very bad.

My socks smell awful.

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(colloquial) Very, extremely; as, an awful big house.
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The definition of awful is someone or something that is very displeasing or unpleasant to you.

If during a trip you suffered through sunburn, poison ivy, and the car broke down, that would be an example of an awful trip.

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Commanding awe.
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Origin of awful

Middle English aweful awe-inspiring blend of awe awe awe and ayfull awful (from Old English egefull) (ege dread) (-full -ful)