[ god-aw-fuhl ]
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adjective(sometimes lowercase)Informal.
  1. extremely dreadful or shocking: What a God-awful thing to say!

Origin of God-awful

1875–80; Americanism

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How to use God-awful in a sentence

  • “And the way he can cuss is simply God-awful,” Big Bill testified.

    The Red One | Jack London
  • Don't suppose so; there can't be anything alive in this God-awful wilderness.

  • Some of my friends who have seen the letter think that he says it is 'a God-awful book.'

    Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
  • Deggi Delcamp's a big bruiser, with a God-awful lot of stuff.

    The Galaxy Primes | Edward Elmer Smith
  • She felt that she was in direct communication with God—awful thought!

    The Promised Land | Mary Antin