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1. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] exceptionally bad or displeasing.

Synonyms

  • terrible
  • bad
  • atrocious
  • unspeakable
  • abominable
  • painful

Antonyms

  • noble
  • bold
  • fearlessness
  • noncritical

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Awful

  • soffel

How do you pronounce awful?

Pronounce awful as ˈɔfəl.

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Sentences with awful


1. Adjective
I remember taking classes in high school and just being awful at it.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Stinky shoes plus non-circulating air -- such as in a closet -- equal awful, obnoxious indoor odors.

Quotes about awful


1. Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.
- Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

2. There are so many awful things in this world, but I wanted readers to share with me the small, beautiful, enjoyable things. Things like cute clothes, beautiful art and pretty flowers; items that are overflowing with beauty. If you just become obsessed with your own problems, you miss these things. When you discover them, you become happy.
- Novala Takemoto

3. How lucky I am to have known somebody and something that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.
- Evans G. Valens, The Other Side of the Mountain: The Story of Jill Kinmont

2. god-awful

adjective. very unpleasant.

Synonyms

  • beastly
  • unpleasant

Antonyms

  • good
  • humane
  • good-natured

3. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] causing fear or dread or terror.

Synonyms

  • dreadful
  • fearsome
  • terrible
  • frightening
  • dreaded
  • direful
  • fearful
  • dread
  • alarming
  • dire
  • horrific

Antonyms

  • mild
  • courage
  • brave
  • unafraid

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. awful

adverb. ['ˈɔfəl'] used as intensifiers.

Synonyms

  • terribly
  • awfully

Antonyms

  • sanitariness
  • dirtiness
  • tidy

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact.

Synonyms

  • extraordinary
  • frightful
  • tremendous

Antonyms

  • dissociate
  • generous
  • abnormal
  • estimable

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] inspiring awe or admiration or wonder.

Synonyms

  • awe-inspiring
  • impressive
  • amazing
  • awing

Antonyms

  • inoffensive
  • clean
  • good-natured
  • pleasing

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] offensive or even (of persons) malicious.

Synonyms

  • unpleasant
  • lousy
  • mean
  • nastiness
  • dirty
  • grotty
  • hateful
  • nasty

Antonyms

  • pleasant
  • niceness
  • unpleasantness
  • palatable

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. awful

adjective. ['ˈɔfəl'] inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence.

Synonyms

  • reverent

Antonyms

  • rich
  • unskilled

Etymology

  • -ful (English)
  • awe (English)
  • ege (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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