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awesome

[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
adjective
1.
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
2.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
3.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful.
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  • He faced them, a tall, awesome figure in his long, full dressing-gown.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • So awesome was it that I do not wonder we went a considerable way in silence.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • Oh, I do not see how anything can be so grand, so awesome as this!

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • He worked with mad haste, and there was an awesome, insane glare in his eyes.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • There seemed to be a weird and awesome significance in the scene.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for awesome

awesome

/ˈɔːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring or displaying awe
2.
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesome
adj.

1590s, "profoundly reverential," from awe (n.) + -some (1). Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980. Related: Awesomely; awesomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for awesome

awesome

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; outstanding; cool, neat (Teenagers)

interjection

Excellent! Great!: You fixed it? Awesome!

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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