- 1Very bad or unpleasant: the place smelled awful I look awful in a swimsuit an awful speechMore example sentences
disgusting, horrible, terrible, dreadful, ghastly, nasty, vile, foul, revolting, repulsive, repugnant, odious, sickening, nauseatingterrible, atrocious, dreadful, frightful, execrable, abominable; inadequate, inferior, substandard, lamentable
- Aside from that, I thought most of the speeches were pretty awful.
- The problem is then he turned around and went to Columbia University on Wednesday and gave an awful speech on the economy.
- The speeches can sometimes be awful but his was very amusing.
- 1.1Extremely shocking; horrific: awful, bloody imagesMore example sentences
- There doesn't seem to be any ability to understand how or why terrorists might be led to do the admittedly horrifying and awful and frightful things that they've done.
- Something so dreadful, so awful, so horrifying, that Miiken could not stand the sight of it.
- It was no surprise really that when he made that shocking and awful accusation, he was across the Atlantic, presumably discussing already how the spoils of war were to be divided.
- 1.2 [attributive] Used to emphasize the extent of something, especially something unpleasant or negative: I’ve made an awful fool of myselfMore example sentences
- I made an awful fool of myself.
- There's an awful risk of confusion for buyers.
- It's still an awful burden.
- 1.3(Of a person) very unwell, troubled, or unhappy: I felt awful for being so angry with him you look awful—you should go and lie downMore example sentences
- Come lunch time and I felt really awful - had a terrible headache and just wanted to go home and go to bed.
- Vinton still hovered over his wounded sister and felt extremely awful for shooting her.
- It always left him feeling awful and despicable and very, terribly lonely.
- 2 • archaic Inspiring reverential wonder or fear.More example sentences
- He is not always the evil, ghoulish, awful, frightening character that sometimes the Satanists would picture him to be.
- They walk in awful splendor, regal yet.
- The awful majesty of God now will not be in the way to hinder perfect freedom and intimacy in the enjoyment of God.
adverb[as submodifier] • informal , chiefly North American Back to top
- Awfully; very: we’re an awful long way from the main roadMore example sentences
- This is an awful serious proposition… Let me argue it out for you.
- And yet those games of the early 80s seem awful quaint now, don't they?
- He has gotten awful buddy-buddy with them lately - maneuvering for the job?
an awful lot
- A very large amount; a great deal: we’ve had an awful lot of letters you’ve still got an awful lot to learnMore example sentences
- In the end it was down to an awful lot of luck and an awful lot of serendipity.
- As a result, I do seem to have ended up knowing an awful lot of detail about an awful lot of blogs.
- You can spend an awful lot of time as an addict, an awful lot of useless time, debating such stuff.
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- Criticise that which needs criticising, but spare us your hand-wringing homilies of Australian awfulness.
- Now the world is beginning to see the awfulness of modern war.
- I've written before about the awfulness of e-mail.