[ 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

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

    A Collegial Hug for the Rejectees | Christopher Buckley | April 5, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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.

    The Holes Around Mars | Jerome Bixby