awesome

[ aw-suh m ]
/ 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.

Origin of awesome

First recorded in 1590–1600; awe + -some1
Related formsawe·some·ly, adverbawe·some·ness, noun
Can be confusedawful awesome offal

Usage note

See awful.
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British Dictionary definitions for awesome

awesome

/ (ˈɔːsəm) /

adjective

inspiring or displaying awe
slang excellent or outstanding
Derived Formsawesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesome

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.

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