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[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for awesome
  • See the awesome destructive power of landslides.
  • You'll get awesome views from the ridge, where you'll also find alpine wildflowers this month.
  • At five feet long, with a five-foot wing span, this has to be the most awesome mailbox on the block.
  • This role reversal is a case study in the awesome power of the partisan mindset.
  • This was truly free trade and it produced the most awesome industrial might in history.
  • Travel around the world to check out some awesome avalanches.
  • And don't forget that nuclear and geothermal power are also just way more awesome than fossil fuels.
  • The sky around here is awesome at night.
  • Thanks for bringing it to our attention, and reminding us what an awesome newspaper we have the pleasure to enjoy.
  • But most will take one look at his awesome truck, his strong hands and his beefy physique, and see all the makings of a hero.
British Dictionary definitions for awesome


inspiring or displaying awe
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for awesome

1590s, "profoundly reverential," from awe (n.) + -some (1). Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980. Related: Awesomely; awesomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for awesome



Excellent; wonderful; outstanding; cool, neat (Teenagers)


Excellent! Great!: You fixed it? Awesome!

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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