awesome

[ aw-suh m ]
/ ˈɔ səm /

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.

VIDEO FOR AWESOME

WATCH NOW: Do You Remember This Radical 80s Slang?

When you re-hear to this 80's slang you'll feel like you've been transported back in time. Do you remember these totally 80's words?

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM

QUIZZES

TAKE THIS QUIZ TO SEE WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT 2ND-3RD GRADE VOCAB FROM BOOKS!

Are you learning new vocabulary? Or do you just have an interest in words? Either way, this quiz is for you.
Question 1 of 10
orchard

Origin of awesome

First recorded in 1590–1600; awe + -some1

usage note for awesome

See awful.

OTHER WORDS FROM awesome

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH awesome

awful awesome offal

Words nearby awesome

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for awesome

British Dictionary definitions for awesome

awesome
/ (ˈɔːsəm) /

adjective

inspiring or displaying awe
slang excellent or outstanding

Derived forms of awesome

awesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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