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adj. Slang
Extremely trying; atrocious.
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very unpleasant
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adj. (sometimes l.c.) Informal.
extremely dreadful or shocking.
[1875–80; Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.God-awful - very unpleasantgod-awful - very unpleasant; "hellish weather"; "stop that god-awful racket"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
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[ˈgɒdˈɔːfʊl] ADJhorrible, fatal
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[ˈgɒdˌɔːfl] adj (fam) → orrendo/a
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"The kick that Greaser's got is something God-awful," Danny gasped in his corner to his adviser while his handlers worked frantically over him.
"And the way he can cuss is simply God-awful," Big Bill testified.
With a neurotic sister, alcoholic brother-in-law, God-awful Godmother, sweary priest, nervous dad and needy waitress, Fleabag is at the dinner party from hell - and it's an absolute joy to watch.
"I'm going to spend all my time helping people with this god-awful disease.
PLANS to replace Durham's 'god-awful' passport office with a hotel have been rejected after being deemed 'not worthy' of the city.
The cherry on this God-awful cake was the late revelation that the Home Office had annual national targets to reach for deportations.
Sister Pat said she was really supposed to be detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City (a god-awful place for a frail 71-year-old), but she was detained instead at the BI as 'a concession.' Ay, salamat naman.
Mayor Fred Kondritz said, "We don't need to be running all over the world helping people in some God-awful country.
It was great to see how the sitcom Alan Partridge happened, the way in which the writers came up with all the god-awful things the character said or did - the archive footage is a real find - and ultimately what made Coogan, Iannucci et al pull the plug after the second series.
The 61-year-old TV veteran started out on 2fm in 1979 and said he's delighted not to be "doing some God-awful programme".
The real let-down for me has been the retention of the god-awful Ladywood House offices on top.
You may be able to disguise it using a trendy designer blender but you'll still get the same god-awful metallic aftertaste that you would get if you ate raw iron.