[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. 2018

Examples from the Web for awesomeness

Contemporary Examples of awesomeness

  • The rest of the world does not seem to be as into celebrating our awesomeness—dude, BLACK PRESIDENT!

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    Chicago Dodged a Bullet

    Ana Marie Cox

    October 2, 2009

Historical Examples of awesomeness

  • There's just no awesomeness to it, no sense of depth or immensity.

    The Dope on Mars

    John Michael Sharkey

  • It was this awesomeness, this incredibility, that overwhelmed her.

  • Why is there so much emphasis on the awesomeness of Nature on the island?

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker

  • Dil did not notice the strain in the eyes, the awesomeness of facing death.

    In Wild Rose Time

    Amanda M. Douglas

  • You know that is the place because of the awesomeness that comes to you.

    A Melody in Silver

    Keene Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for awesomeness


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



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