[god-aw-fuh l]

adjective (sometimes lowercase) Informal.

extremely dreadful or shocking: What a God-awful thing to say!

Origin of God-awful

1875–80; Americanism
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Examples from the Web for godawful

Contemporary Examples of godawful

  • Christopher Buckley presents the most godawful rejection letters ever sent—and some pretty famous dropouts.

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    A Collegial Hug for the Rejectees

    Christopher Buckley

    April 5, 2009

Historical Examples of godawful

  • Maybe he was psycho and they didn't notice; they had some godawful asses for psychiatrists in war medicine.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • He sat there, wearing the headphones, trying to make himself understood above the godawful static.

Word Origin and History for godawful

"terrible," 1878, from God + awful. The God might be an intensifier or the whole might be from the frequent God's awful (vengeance, judgment, etc.) in religious literature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper