Awful - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːfl|  American pronunciation of the word awful
Brit.  |ˈɔːfʊl|  British pronunciation of the word awful
- exceptionally bad or displeasing (syn: abominable, atrocious, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable)
an awful voice
- causing fear or dread or terror (syn: dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible)
the awful war
an awful risk
- inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
awful worshippers with bowed heads
- extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact (syn: frightful, terrible, tremendous)
- inspiring awe or admiration or wonder (syn: amazing, awe- inspiring, awesome)
this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath
- used as intensifiers (syn: awfully, frightfully, terribly)
I'm awful sorry


They heard the most awful sounds.

Awful things began to happen.

He has some awful disease.

That joke is just awful.

That's an awful thing to say.

Who painted the house that awful color?

The mountains have an awful majesty.

We haven't heard from him in an awful long time.

You've come an awful long way.

The situation is awful for all of us.

It was awful to work there.

It's awful that they were reprimanded because of my mistake.

The weather was awful.

He is a pretty awful driver.

That fridge smells awful.

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