[ aw-suh m ]
/ ˈɔ səm /

WATCH NOW: Has "Awesome" Become Awful?

WATCH NOW: Has "Awesome" Become Awful?

Have you ever been really annoyed by the word "awesome"? People use it way too often, and it’s kind of lost its meaning.



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 forms

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

Can be confused

awful awesome offal

Usage note

See awful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for awesome


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inspiring or displaying awe
slang excellent or outstanding

Derived Forms

awesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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