[aw-suh m]
  1. causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear: an awesome sight.
  2. exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
  3. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for awesomely

Contemporary Examples of awesomely

Historical Examples of awesomely

  • Awesomely it sounded at the touch of the god, while he sang sweetly to its note.

  • In the all too near distance, awesomely vast and ruddy columns of fire rose and fell with monotonous regularity.

    Vulcan's Workshop

    Harl Vincent

  • "We will all have to die too," she said, awesomely to herself, her eyes traveling about the circle of faces.

    Saturday's Child

    Kathleen Norris

  • The acid—if that was what the red stuff was—was awesomely powerful, at least with inorganic substances.

  • A breeze fluttered sash ends and tugged at cloaks, otherwise the assembly was motionless and awesomely quiet.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for awesomely


  1. inspiring or displaying awe
  2. slang excellent or outstanding
Derived Formsawesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesomely



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper