1 adjective
aw‧ful1 S1
1 very bad or unpleasant [= terrible]:
The weather was awful.
He is a pretty awful driver.
That fridge smells awful.
The last six months have been awful for her.
I've stopped believing most of what he says. Isn't that awful?
I'm sure Suzy is dead but the awful thing is not knowing how it happened.
2 [only before noun] spoken used to emphasize how much or how good, bad etc something is:
An awful lot of people (=a large number of people) died in the war.
He made me feel an awful fool.

look/feel awful

to look or feel ill:
She's lost a lot of weight and she looks awful.
4 literary making you feel great respect or fear
awfulness noun [uncountable]
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate

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