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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective awful:
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- Definition of the adjective awful
- Definition of the adverb awful
- Phrases with Awful
- Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Awful
- Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Awful
- Photos about Awful
- Video language resources about Awful
- Quotes about Awful
- Scrabble value of A1W4F4U1L1
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The word awful is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.
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Definition of the adjective awful
What does awful mean as an attribute of a noun?
adjective - degrees: more awful / awfuller | most awful / awfullest
- exceptionally bad or displeasing
- causing fear or dread or terror
- offensive or even (of persons) malicious
- inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
- extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
- inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
Alternative definition of the adjective awful
- Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.
- [context: now rare] Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.
- Struck or filled with awe.
- [obsolete] Terror-stricken.
- Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
- Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.
- Very bad.
Definition of the adverb awful
What does awful mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?
- used as intensifiers
Alternative definition of the adverb awful
- [colloquial] Very, extremely; as, an 'awful' big house.
- "Awful" is the twelfth single, and also third EP, by American alternative rock band Hole, from their third studio album Celebrity Skin. Released in April 1999 by Geffen Records as a CD single, the song's lyrics explore how the media and modern pop culture corrupt young girls and how they should rebel against this. The line "swing low, sweet cherry" in the song is an allusion to the African American spiritual hymn, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
- "Awful" is the 1999 single album by Hole.
- released on (15 years ago)
- "Awful" is a musical single of Tülpa.
- released on
Phrases with Awful
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Awful
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Dictionary of Americanism (1848)
by John Russel Bartlett
AWFUL, adj ...
by Adrian Room
AWESOME/AWFUL awesome/ awful Awesome is used for someone or something that inspires or displays awe or is usually impressive: 'The mountain was an awesome sight.' Awful formerly had a similar meaning ('full of awe'), especially ...
by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield
awful including the following: The depth of quality on the Steeler squad is awesome—there is no apparent weakness anywhere—A. Mount in Playboy, 1979. Its current, widespread use as a blanket term of approval is first noted in the Official ...
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Photos about Awful
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- Deliciously awful!
Some really horrible "architecture" or maybe it was just banged together like a monstrous lego construction set with no regard for people ...
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- Awful July...
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- This awful thing...
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- Awful Tower
Up the Eiffel Tower
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Video language resources about Awful
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- Awful Meaning
Video shows what awful means. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly ...
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- Terrible Golfer, Awful Drive, Disgusting ANGRY LANGUAGE!
Angry golfer PULLS Drive STRAIGHT INTO A HEDGE and he gets very angry about it!
- Poor Bailey - The Awful English Language
- Poor Bailey - The Awful English Language
Poor Bailey playing The Awful English Language at Blakes in Berkeley, CA.
- Poor Bailey - Awful English Language | Oakland, CA 1.26.11
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Quotes about Awful
Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility, that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live. (William Kingdon Clifford)
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Scrabble value of A1W4F4U1L1
The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Anagrams of AWFUL
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