Dictionary.com

awe

[ aw ]
/ ɔ /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: awe / awed on Thesaurus.com

noun
an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
verb (used with object), awed, aw·ing.
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.
QUIZ
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of awe

1250–1300; Middle English aghe, awe<Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis,Old English ege,Greek áchos pain

OTHER WORDS FROM awe

outawe, verb (used with object), out·awed, out·aw·ing.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use awe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for awe

awe
/ (ɔː) /

noun
overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
verb
(tr) to inspire with reverence or dread

Derived forms of awe

aweless or US awless, adjective

Word Origin for awe

C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK