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  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.

  1. Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

Origin of awesome

First recorded in 1590–1600; awe + -some1

confusables note For awesome

See awful.

Other words from awesome

  • awe·some·ly, adverb
  • awe·some·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with awesome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use awesome in a sentence

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

    Chicago Dodged a Bullet | Ana Marie Cox | October 2, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The answering voice, was plainly disguised, and it came with the lugubrious quality of calculated awesomeness.

    A Pagan of the Hills | Charles Neville Buck
  • 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
  • They were voluble and rather excitedly enthusiastic in the face of beauty and awesomeness.

    The Alaskan | James Oliver Curwood
  • It was this awesomeness, this incredibility, that overwhelmed her.

British Dictionary definitions for awesome


/ (ˈɔːsəm) /

  1. inspiring or displaying awe

  2. slang excellent or outstanding

Derived forms of awesome

  • awesomely, adverb
  • awesomeness, noun

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