awful Definition

  • 1very bad or unpleasant
  • 2causing fear or dread
  • 3used to emphasize the degree to which something is bad or unpleasant

Using awful: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "awful" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The weather was awful yesterday.

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    She had an awful headache.

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    The movie was just awful.

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    I have an awful feeling about this.

awful Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with awful

  • a silence that is uncomfortable or oppressive


    The only sound in the room was the ticking of the clock, and it created an awful silence.

  • a truth that is unpleasant or difficult to accept


    The awful truth is that we may never find a cure for this disease.

  • a smell that is very unpleasant or offensive


    The garbage had been sitting in the sun for days, and it gave off an awful smell.

Origins of awful

from Old English 'egefull', meaning 'full of awe'


Summary: awful in Brief

The term 'awful' [ˈɔːf(ə)l] refers to something that is very bad or unpleasant, causing fear or dread. It can be used to emphasize the degree to which something is bad or unpleasant. Examples include 'The weather was awful yesterday' and 'She had an awful headache.' Phrases like 'awful silence' and 'awful truth' use 'awful' to denote uncomfortable or unpleasant situations.

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