Definition of awful

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • awful is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 11
  • awful is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 11
  • awful is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 13

Definition of awful


  • offensive or even (of persons) malicious (adjective)

    Synonyms

    1. nasty
  • used as intensifiers (adverb)

    Examples

    1. I'm awful sorry

    Synonyms

    1. awfully
    2. frightfully
    3. terribly
  • inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence (adjective)

    Examples

    1. awful worshippers with bowed heads

    Synonyms

    1. awed
  • causing fear or dread or terror (adjective)

    Examples

    1. the awful war
    2. an awful risk

    Synonyms

    1. dire
    2. direful
    3. dread
    4. dreaded
    5. dreadful
    6. fearful
    7. fearsome
    8. frightening
    9. horrendous
    10. horrific
    11. terrible
  • inspiring awe or admiration or wonder (adjective)

    Examples

    1. this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath

    Synonyms

    1. amazing
    2. awe-inspiring
    3. awesome
    4. awing
  • extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact (adjective)

    Synonyms

    1. frightful
    2. terrible
    3. tremendous
  • exceptionally bad or displeasing (adjective)

    Examples

    1. an awful voice

    Synonyms

    1. abominable
    2. atrocious
    3. dreadful
    4. painful
    5. terrible
    6. unspeakable

See definition of awful in Merriam Webster

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