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aw·ful

 (ô′fəl)
adj.
1. Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible: had an awful day at the office.
2. Commanding awe: "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath" (Herman Melville).
3. Filled with awe, especially:
a. Filled with or displaying great reverence.
b. Obsolete Afraid.
4. Formidable in nature or extent: an awful burden; an awful risk.
adv. Informal
Extremely; very: was awful sick.

[Middle English aweful, awe-inspiring, blend of awe, awe; see awe, and *ayfull, awful (from Old English egefull : ege, dread + -full, -ful).]

aw′ful·ly adv.
aw′ful·ness n.

awful

(ˈɔːfʊl)
adj
1. very bad; unpleasant
2. archaic inspiring reverence or dread
3. archaic overcome with awe; reverential
adv
not standard (intensifier): an awful cold day.
[C13: see awe, -ful]
ˈawfulness n

aw•ful

(ˈɔ fəl)

adj.
1. extremely bad; unpleasant; disagreeable.
2. inspiring fear; terrible: an awful noise.
3. solemnly impressive: the awful majesty of the peaks.
4. extremely dangerous, risky, injurious, etc.: an awful fall; to take an awful chance.
5. Informal. very great: an awful lot of money.
6. full of awe; reverential.
adv.
7. Informal. very; extremely: It's awful hot here.
[1200–50; Middle English a(g)heful, aueful. See awe, ful]
aw′ful•ness, n.
usage: Although some object to any use of awful or awfully in any sense not connected with a feeling of awe, both have been used in other senses for several centuries. awful and awfully as adverbial intensifiers - awful(ly) clever; awful(ly) cold - appear in the early 19th century, following much the same pattern as horribly and dreadfully. In the sense “inspiring awe or fear” awesome has largely replaced awful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.awful - exceptionally bad or displeasingawful - 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"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
2.awful - causing fear or dread or terrorawful - 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"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
3.awful - offensive or even (of persons) maliciousawful - 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
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
4.awful - inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverenceawful - inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
reverent - feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; "maintained a reverent silence"
5.awful - extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
6.awful - inspiring awe or admiration or wonderawful - 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"
impressive - making a strong or vivid impression; "an impressive ceremony"
Adv.1.awful - used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

awful

adjective
2. bad, poor, terrible, appalling, foul, rubbish (slang), shit (taboo slang), dreadful, unpleasant, dire, crap (taboo slang), horrendous, ghastly, from hell (informal), atrocious, deplorable, abysmal, frightful, shite (taboo slang), hellacious (U.S. slang) Even if the weather's awful there's still lots to do.
bad great (informal), wonderful, excellent, brilliant, amazing, smashing (informal), superb, fantastic, tremendous, magnificent, fabulous (informal), marvellous, terrific, sensational (informal), miraculous, super (informal)
3. shocking, serious, alarming, distressing, dreadful, horrifying, horrific, hideous, harrowing, gruesome Her injuries were massive; it was awful.
4. unwell, poorly (informal), ill, terrible, sick, ugly, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), unhealthy, unsightly, queasy, out of sorts (informal), off-colour, under the weather (informal), green about the gills I looked awful and felt quite sleepy.

awful

adjectiveadverb
Informal. To a high degree:
Chiefly Regional: mighty.
Translations
شَنِيعفَظيع، سَيء جِداًمُفْزِع، مُرْعِبهائِل، عَظيم
hroznýnesmírnýprudkýstrašný
forfærdeligfrygteligrædselsfuld
kauhea
strašan
hræîilegurofboîslegur; hræîilegurógurlegur, hræîilegur
ひどい
몹시 나쁜
baisiaibaisumasbaisussiaubas
ārkārtīgsbriesmīgsšausmīgs
grozenstrašen
fruktansvärd
แย่มาก
kinh khủng

awful

[ˈɔːfəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= dreadful) [weather] → horrible, espantoso; [clothes, crime] → horroroso, espantoso; [smell, dilemma] → terrible
what awful weather!¡qué tiempo más horrible or espantoso!
we met and I thought he was awfulle conocí y me cayó fatal
you are awful! (= wicked) → ¡qué malo eres!, ¡qué mala idea tienes!
to feel awful (= embarrassed, guilty) → sentirse fatal; (= ill) → encontrarse or sentirse fatal
I felt awful about what had happenedme sentía fatal por lo que había ocurrido
I have an awful feeling something's going to happentengo la terrible sospecha de que va a pasar algo
how awful!¡qué horror!
how awful for you!¡qué mal rato habrás pasado!
to look awfultener muy mal aspecto
you look awful, are you feeling all right?tienes muy mala cara or tienes muy mal aspecto, ¿te encuentras bien?
for one awful moment I thought I'd broken it¡fue horrible! por un momento pensé que se me había roto
it smells awfulhuele fatal
prices have gone up something awfullos precios han subido cosa mala
they beat him up something awfulle dieron una tremenda paliza
what an awful thing to happen!¡qué cosa tan horrible or terrible!
the awful thing is that he thought we were jokinglo peor (del caso) es que él pensó que estábamos de broma
you said some pretty awful thingshiciste algunos comentarios muy hirientes
I learned the awful truthsupe la amarga verdad
2. (= bad, poor) his English is awfulhabla inglés fatal
3. (= awesome) → imponente, tremendo
4. (as intensifier) there were an awful lot of peoplehabía un montón de gente
I've got an awful lot of work to dotengo un montón de trabajo
it's an awful nuisancees una molestia terrible
he's an awful borees terriblemente pesado
she's got an awful cheek!¡tiene una cara increíble!
it seems an awful wasteparece un desperdicio terrible
B. ADV (esp US) ten years is an awful long timediez años es un montón de tiempo
it's an awful long way to goestá lejísimo
it's awful cold outsidefuera hace un frío horroroso

awful

[ˈɔːfʊl]
adj
(= terrible) [jokes, weather, place, war] → affreux/euse; [shock] → terrible
That's awful! → C'est affreux!
to feel awful (= ill) → se sentir affreusement mal
to look awful (= ill) → avoir très mauvaise mine, avoir une sale mine
(as intensifier) an awful lot of → énormément de
adv (= very) → vachement

awful

adj
(inf)schrecklich, furchtbar; how awful!das ist wirklich schlimm!; you are awful!du bist wirklich schrecklich!; the film was just too awful for wordsder Film war unbeschreiblich schlecht; an awful lot of time/moneyfurchtbar viel Zeit/Geld; it’s not an awful lot betterdas ist nicht arg viel besser
(old: = awe-inspiring) → Ehrfurcht gebietend
adv (strictly incorrect) = awfully he was crying something awfuler weinte ganz schrecklich or furchtbar

awful

[ˈɔːfl] adjterribile, orribile
an awful lot of (people, cars, dogs) → un numero incredibile di (jam, flowers) → una quantità incredibile di
how awful! → che orrore!

awful

(ˈoːful) adjective
1. very great. an awful rush.
2. very bad. This book is awful; an awful experience.
3. severe. an awful headache.
ˈawfully adverb
very. awfully silly.
ˈawfulness noun

awful

شَنِيع hrozný rædselsfuld schrecklich φρικτός espantoso kauhea affreux strašan orribile ひどい 몹시 나쁜 afschuwelijk skrekkelig straszny horrível ужасный fruktansvärd แย่มาก berbat kinh khủng 糟糕的

awful

a. terrible, desagradable; tremendo-a;
how ___¡qué ___!
References in classic literature ?
Hagar, the witch, chanted an awful incantation over her kettleful of simmering toads, with weird effect.
In silence, which was broken now only by a low and ominous rumble, more menacing than had been the awful fury of the elements, the travelers looked.
How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky
Give him, in pity, give him the contents of another rifle," cried Duncan, turning away his eyes in horror from the spectacle of a fellow creature in such awful jeopardy.
In this damp weather it is awful, I wake up in the night and find it hanging over me.
Do you mean," said Christie, with glistening eyes and awful deliberation--"do you mean to say that we're expected to fall in with this insufferable familiarity?
If so, we are left to dispose of the awful query, whether each inheritor of the property-conscious of wrong, and failing to rectify it--did not commit anew the great guilt of his ancestor, and incur all its original responsibilities.
Amongst any other population, or at a later period in the history of New England, the grim rigidity that petrified the bearded physiognomies of these good people would have augured some awful business in hand.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
It's awful slow, going around alone--don't you think so?
Why, you two was scuffling, and he fetched you one with the headboard and you fell flat; and then up you come, all reeling and staggering like, and snatched the knife and jammed it into him, just as he fetched you another awful clip -- and here you've laid, as dead as a wedge til now.
Another five, and I says to myself, there's two mile and a half behind me, and he's AWFUL uneasy--beginning to cuss, I reckon.