Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
- Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible: had an awful day at the office.
- Commanding awe: "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath” ( Herman Melville).
- Filled with awe, especially:
- Filled with or displaying great reverence.
- Obsolete Afraid.
- Formidable in nature or extent: an awful burden; an awful risk.
- Informal Extremely; very: was awful sick.