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God-awful

[god-aw-fuh l] /ˈgɒdˈɔ fəl/
adjective, (sometimes lowercase) Informal.
1.
extremely dreadful or shocking:
What a God-awful thing to say!
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; Americanism
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Word Origin and History for godawful
adj.

"terrible," 1878, from God + awful. The God might be an intensifier or the whole might be from the frequent God's awful (vengeance, judgment, etc.) in religious literature.

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

god-awful

adjective

Wretched; miserable; inferior: cases that would never have come up but for this god-awful legislation

adverb

Extremely: Ain't it god-awful cold in here? (1878+)


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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