Definitions of awful

  1. 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. 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"
  3. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; " awed by the silence"; " awful worshippers with bowed heads"
  4. ( informal) used as intensifiers, as in" terribly interesting"; " I'm awful sorry"
  5. 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"
  6. 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
  7. used as intensifiers; " terribly interesting"; " I'm awful sorry"
  8. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
  9. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
  10. Struck or filled with awe; terror- stricken.
  11. Worshipful; reverential; law- abiding.
  12. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
  13. Inspiring or impressing with great fear or reverence; as, the awful majesty of God; of a dreadful or appalling nature; solemn.
  14. Awfulness.
  15. Full of awe.
  16. AWFULLY.
  17. Inspiring awe; terrible.
  18. Inspiring awe; majestic and terrible.
  19. Filled with awe.
  20. Inspiring or expressing awe; dreadful; fearful.
  21. Terrible, dreadful.

Antonyms for awful

cheering, none, good, acceptable, luscious, inviting, satisfying, first-string, enfeebling, blue-chip, choice, incomparable, bully, appealing, exhausting, winsome, agreeable, magnetic, premium, corking, inferior, humble, alluring, flavorful, beautiful, capital, keen, unequaled, typical, bewitching, inimitable, salubrious, unsurpassable, undignified, beggarly, cracking, paltry, scarcely, delicious, precious, hype, crackerjack, comforting, soothing, enticing, gone, excellent, palatable, unremarkable, peerless, slightly, ordinary, heavenly, Jading, peachy, desirable, five-star, unsurpassed, dull, fetching, slick, pleasant, blessed, wizard, tedious, top, dandy, succulent, inoffensive, wholesome, felicitous, primo, seductive, darling, prizewinning, swell, healthful, enchanting, usual, neat, fab, unobjectionable, innocuous, healthy, topping, wearing, bumper, mouthwatering, wonderful, brave, lowly, radical, boss, peachy keen, gangbusters, dispiriting, adorable, splendid, unexampled, top-notch, uninteresting, superior, Fatiguing, sustainable, Luring, unrivaled, ambrosial, awesome, monotonous, entrancing, blue-ribbon, negligibly, satisfactory, prime, sufferable, pleasurable, lovely, delightful, par excellence, uninspiring, a-ok, frontline, tasty, superlative, PHAT, discouraging, weary, winning, superb, likable, sweet, boffo, nice, tip-top, bonny, numero uno, out of sight, grand, pleasing, despicable, top of the line, adequate, engaging, stellar, wearisome, charismatic, mundane, contemptible, supernal, wearying, uninspired, famous, righteous, common, vulgar, great, marvelous, bang up, A1, delish, flavorsome, endearing, attractive, groovy, jim-dandy, elfin, nonpareil, welcome, no., nominally, unmatched, normal, disarming, Noway, brag, tiring, dynamite, terrific, nifty, bearable, matchless, quality, irreverent, tasteful, congenial, gilt-edged, enjoyable, glamorous, FOUR STAR, customary, fabulous, hardly, first-rate, fantastic, dreamy, boring, Delightsome, debilitating, fantabulous, prize, base, toothy, toothsome, charming, only, draining, first class, dulcet, enervating, dainty, top-shelf, sufficient, salutary, tolerable, gratifying, unexceptional, unparalleled, classic, fascinating, unimpressive, banner, demoralizing, endurable, sterling, appetizing, disheartening, fine, down, lovesome, lush, topflight, lovable, noble, unalarming, commonplace, captivating, yummy, dear, divine, hot, savory, delectable, exceptional, mean, supportable, restorative, scrumptious, unexceptionable, cool, number one.

Quotes of awful

  1. When a woman is very, very bad, she is awful but when a man is correspondingly good, he is weird. – Minna Antrim
  2. Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility, that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live. – William Kingdon Clifford
  3. I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common. – Stephen R. Donaldson
  4. I remember hitting Sarah Michelle Gellar with a right hook during my first week on the job. It was awful They usually pair actors with stunt doubles to avoid things like that. – Eliza Dushku
  5. States are like people. They do not question the awful status quo until some dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking. – Victor Davis Hanson
  6. When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut! – Kenneth Koch
  7. Politicians... talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief. They're so awful they're really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics. – Paul Lynde
  8. It's awful to have to, but I've started thinking about that, you know. 86. I'm thinking, well, maybe I might make it to 90. At least I'd like to have my brains. – Marian McPartland
  9. I'm a better editorial cartoonist by default because so many editorial cartoonists out there are so awful – Ted Rall
  10. If my father's business hadn't gone broke, I'd be exporting nuts, bolts and sugar machinery right now. What an awful thought! – Cesar Romero
  11. Yet it is awful to love a person who is a torture to you. And a fascinating person who loves you and won't hear of anything but your loving him and living right by his side through all eternity! – Agnes Smedley
  12. Altamont... I remember all of that. That was an awful day. – Mick Taylor
  13. I had an awful lot to say in what I wore as Romana. – Lalla Ward
  14. What makes these creatures so awful is the feeling that they can use us in ways too horrible to imagine -and yet, we DO imagine them, which makes it worse than seeing it. – Sigourney Weaver
  15. An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay. – Robbie Williams

Usage examples for awful

  1. It is too awful for us to take in. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  2. Oh, oh, how awful – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  3. I felt just awful sorry for him. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  4. It was awful perfectly awful – Anxious Audrey by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  5. Did you know how awful it would be?" – Mae Madden by Mary Murdoch Mason
  6. You see they had an awful hard winter up there last year, and the quails were all killed off. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  7. They've both heard, and they're beefin' something awful – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  8. He's been so awful good to me these last ten days! – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. And then he came and told me an awful thing about her mother. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  10. I've had an awful night with Rivarez. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  11. I couldn't get much of what was said, but he sure talked awful rough, an' she seemed to be pleadin' with him. – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  12. And she felt so awful – Old Caravan Days by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  13. That is what makes him so awful – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  14. It is so different from any I have ever looked forward to; and though it has always been awful this is so much more so. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  15. It was an awful night, that first night in. – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  16. That was so awful – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. I know that something awful has happened. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. I think it's awful nice for two to sing together." – Patty's Social Season by Carolyn Wells
  19. She was in the card- room, looking on, when the awful thing took place. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  20. The name of his little book was a very awful name. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope

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