Adjective "Awful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very bad or unpleasant.
  1. 'I look awful in a swimsuit'
  2. 'But on too many other things, he's been poor to awful - especially on class issues.'
  3. 'The problem is then he turned around and went to Columbia University on Wednesday and gave an awful speech on the economy.'
  4. 'And so, as the film ended, I couldn't work out why what I watched seemed to be a well directed, interesting film, choked by awful dialogue and poor plotting.'
  5. 'The wider one's sampling of a genre, the more abysmally awful stuff one encounters.'
  6. 'Sure, the acting is laughably awful and the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious.'
  7. 'It was awful, and it cheapened the brand, if a brand existed.'
  8. 'The speeches can sometimes be awful but his was very amusing.'
  9. 'But above all it is the players who must be held accountable for this awful, pathetic display.'
  10. 'Such were the things I told myself to get through that awful speech.'
  11. 'Taking one spoon full into my mouth sent me hurling towards the sink to spit out the awful substance that I had chosen to try and digest.'
  12. 'awful, bloody images'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'At the time of writing, there is same optimism regarding an end to this bloody awful war that we should not be involved in, so I hope that our men and women can be saved and soon return to us.'
  15. 'During that time, however, some awful atrocities were perpetrated by the IRA.'
  16. 'He wrote letters to congressmen telling them that something awful and ‘bloody’ had occurred.'
  17. 'What was so tragic was to know that, through no fault of their own, they are caught up in the awful atrocities being carried out in their homeland.'
  18. 'Not every bad thing that happens, not even every awful, horrific thing, is necessarily traumatic.'
  19. 'She presided over a quiet part of Ireland, and though it was not without its problems, extremely awful things didn't often happen.'
  20. 'On August 19, 1942, the Marines engaged the enemy in an awful, bloody battle.'
  21. 'The awful sight of the bloody lieutenant writhing around on the ground was enough to sober him up from his delusional state.'
  22. 'So everything is stage managed to make the awful, horrific attack something very special.'
  23. 'you look awful—you should go and lie down'
  24. 'Come lunch time and I felt really awful - had a terrible headache and just wanted to go home and go to bed.'
  25. 'Oh god, he looked awful…he looked so weak…and well, depressed.'
  26. 'Not rooting against the Yankees, per se, but not feeling awful that Clemens was obviously going to be pulled from the game.'
  27. 'She felt altogether awful and wondered if the stress of her life had something to do with her physical sickness.'
  28. 'It always left him feeling awful and despicable and very, terribly lonely.'
  29. 'I stood my neighbor up the night of the dance, and I felt awful about it.'
Used to emphasize the extent of something, especially something unpleasant or negative.
  1. 'Some people find these birds to be an awful nuisance.'
  2. 'Though Jo had resolved never to marry, still she felt an awful loneliness as she wondered what direction her life should take.'
  3. 'It's still an awful burden.'
  4. 'I made an awful fool of myself.'
Inspiring reverential wonder or fear.
  1. 'The awful majesty of God now will not be in the way to hinder perfect freedom and intimacy in the enjoyment of God.'
  2. 'He is not always the evil, ghoulish, awful, frightening character that sometimes the Satanists would picture him to be.'


Awfully; very.
  1. 'And yet those games of the early 80s seem awful quaint now, don't they?'
  2. 'This is an awful serious proposition… Let me argue it out for you.'
  3. 'He has gotten awful buddy-buddy with them lately - maneuvering for the job?'


1. extremely bad; unpleasant; ugly: awful paintings; an awful job.

2. inspiring fear; dreadful; terrible: an awful noise.

3. solemnly impressive; inspiring awe: the awful majesty of alpine peaks.

4. full of awe; reverential.

5. extremely dangerous, risky, injurious, etc.: That was an awful fall she had. He took an awful chance by driving here so fast. adverb

6. Informal. very; extremely: He did an awful good job of painting the barn. It's awful hot in here.

More examples(as adjective)

"silvers can be awful on charts."

"people can be awful at people."

"crises can be awful for investors."

"weathers can be awful on tops."

"traffics can be awful in/at/on mornings."

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Old English (see awe, -ful).


an awful lot