[ aw-suh m ]
/ ˈɔ səm /


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 awesomeness


/ (ˈɔːsəm) /


inspiring or displaying awe
slang excellent or outstanding

Derived Forms

awesomely, adverbawesomeness, noun
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