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American English: /ˈɔfəl/
British English: /ˈɔːf(ə)l/

Translation of awful in Spanish:


  • 1 [colloquial] 1.1
    it smells awful
    huele muy mal
    tiene un olor que apesta [colloquial]
    he's an awful man
    es un repugnante
    I know it sounds awful, but I found it amusing
    te parecerá una barbaridad, pero me hizo gracia
    I felt awful
    me sentía fatal or muy mal
    I've an awful feeling I left the door unlocked
    ¡qué horror! me parece que no cerré la puerta con llave
    for one awful moment I thought he had seen me
    pasé un momento horrible or espantoso creyendo que me había visto
    you are awful! I didn't mean that
    ¡qué malo eres! or ¡qué mal pensado eres! no fue eso lo que quise decir
    I'm awful at chess
    soy un desastre jugando al ajedrez
    how awful for the poor girl!
    ¡qué horror! ¡pobre chica!
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (as intensifier) she's an awful snob/bore
    es terriblemente esnob/aburrida
    there were an awful lot of people there
    había muchísima gente
    he doesn't eat an awful lot
    no come mucho
    there's not an awful lot to say
    no hay mucho que decir
    Example sentences
    • I made an awful fool of myself.
    • There's an awful risk of confusion for buyers.
    • It's still an awful burden.
  • 2 2.1 (awesome) [archaic]
    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.
    2.2 (terrible) [literary]
    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.


  • (US) [colloquial] (as intensifier) I'm awful hot
    tengo un calor espantoso
    it's an awful long way to Tulsa
    Tulsa está lejísimos
    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?
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