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awesome

[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
adjective
1.
inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe:
an awesome sight.
2.
showing or characterized by reverence, admiration, or fear; exhibiting or marked by awe.
3.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal (see usage note at awful)
Usage note
See awful.
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British Dictionary definitions for awesomeness

awesome

/ˈɔːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring or displaying awe
2.
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesomeness

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for awesomeness

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.
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