follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

awesome

[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
adjective
1.
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
2.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
3.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
1590-1600
1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for awesome
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In the meantime, the young inventor realized he had an awesome responsibility.

  • So awesome was it that I do not wonder we went a considerable way in silence.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • Clancy looked at me and my face must have been awesome, for he stopped with mouth agape.

    The Case and Exceptions Frederick Trevor Hill
  • Oh, I do not see how anything can be so grand, so awesome as this!

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • Now and then he would stop to say in an awesome whisper, "Come out here, you little devils!"

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for awesome

awesome

/ˈɔːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring or displaying awe
2.
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for awesome
adj.

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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for awesome

awesome

adjective

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

interjection

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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for awesome

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for awesome

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for awesome