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awesome

[ aw-suhm ]
/ ˈɔ səm /
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adjective
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear: an awesome sight.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

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Origin of awesome

First recorded in 1590–1600; awe + -some1

words often confused with awesome

See awful.

OTHER WORDS FROM awesome

awe·some·ly, adverbawe·some·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH awesome

awful, awesome (see confusables note at awful)
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British Dictionary definitions for awesome

awesome
/ (ˈɔːsəm) /

adjective
inspiring or displaying awe
slang excellent or outstanding

Derived forms of awesome

awesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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