Origin of awful
Examples from the Web for awful
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
However, not all awful, astoundingly dumb political memes are created equal.
The results were awful: marked osteoporosis in the spine, hip, and femur.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
On and offline, offenses ranged from awful Tinder messages to violent threats on Twitter to street stalking.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014|The Daily Beast|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I will never let you run the risks of this awful life alone again.A Mountain Woman and Others|(AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
For a moment the spectators of this awful disaster stood still in mute astonishment.
We could see her decks were in an awful mess and her stern was in flames.
I declare, that I look on the Western Territory in an awful and striking point of view.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Some people would think it awful vulgar, you know, but I don't care; that's the sort of man I am.The Art of Amusing|Frank Bellew
Word Origin for awful
c.1300, agheful "worthy of respect or fear," from aghe, an earlier form of awe (n.), + -ful. Replaced Old English egefull. Weakened sense "very bad" is from 1809; weakened sense of "exceedingly" is by 1818.