[ awd ]
/ ɔd /


filled with or expressing awe.

Origin of awed

First recorded in 1635–45; awe + -ed2

Related forms

aw·ed·ly [aw-id-lee, awd-] /ˈɔ ɪd li, ˈɔd-/, adverbaw·ed·ness, nounun·awed, adjective

Definition for awed (2 of 2)


[ aw ]
/ ɔ /


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.

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

Related forms

out·awe, verb (used with object), out·awed, out·aw·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for awed


/ (ɔː) /


overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
archaic power to inspire fear or reverence


(tr) to inspire with reverence or dread

Derived Forms

aweless or US awless, adjective

Word Origin for awe

C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved
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