- very bad; unpleasant
- archaic inspiring reverence or dread
- archaic overcome with awe; reverential
- not standard (intensifier): an awful cold day
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aw•ful /ˈɔfəl/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
aw•ful (ô′fəl),USA pronunciation adj.
awful (ly) cold--appear in the early 19th century, following much the same pattern ashorribly anddreadfully. As an adverb awful is less formal in tone than awfully. In the sense "inspiring awe or fear'' awesome has largely replaced awful.
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awful /ˈɔːfʊl/ adj
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