Definition of 'awful'
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It shocked us how awful and vulnerable it made us feel. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So we both spend an awful lot of time catching up on work at night. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was absolutely awful saying goodbye. The Sun (2016)If you feel awful, it may be more significant. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This is an awful place. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Despite some awful weather at Cheltenham last Sunday the show got some cautiously optimistic reviews. The Sun (2017)You could do an awful lot of good with that money. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It looked an awful lot worse than it actually was. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It would be awful to feel no one cared. Times, Sunday Times (2011)These have been relatively benign and do not suggest any awful shocks to come. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Things went from bad to worse to awful to hellish in minutes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There was an awful long way to go in sweltering winds. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Your letter says an awful lot about their situation and little about your own. Times, Sunday Times (2011)How have you improved things should the weather be awful this year? The Sun (2008)What an absolutely awful place it is. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There was something rather awful about him. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We need an awful lot of humdrum miracles and we need them with increasing urgency. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We do spend an awful lot of time together. The Sun (2014)It could be about to get an awful lot colder. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The plays he starred in were often pretty awful. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We pride ourselves on the awful quality of our jokes. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What an awful day it has been. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We forget that we know an awful lot of body language as well. THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)It was just an awful bit of bad luck. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There is an awful long way to go before top rewards are curbed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It sounds awful to say but he was like a puppet master. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But will the awful weather have damaged them too much to recover in time for the harvest? The Sun (2012)We'd feel awful for you and your family if we missed something serious. The Sun (2015)But when the news did come, it was still an awful shock to him. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'awful'
British English: awful /ˈɔːfʊl/ ADJECTIVE
If you say that someone or something is awful, you dislike that person or thing or you think that they are not very good.
...an awful smell of paint.
- American English: awful
- Arabic: شَنِيع
- Brazilian Portuguese: horrível
- Chinese: 糟糕的
- Croatian: strašan
- Czech: hrozný
- Danish: rædselsfuld
- Dutch: afschuwelijk
- European Spanish: espantoso
- Finnish: kauhea
- French: affreux
- German: schrecklich
- Greek: φρικτός
- Italian: orribile
- Japanese: ひどい
- Korean: 몹시 나쁜
- Norwegian: skrekkelig
- Polish: straszny
- European Portuguese: horrível
- Romanian: groaznic
- Russian: ужасный
- Spanish: espantoso
- Swedish: fruktansvärd
- Thai: แย่มาก
- Turkish: berbat
- Ukrainian: жахливий
- Vietnamese: kinh khủng
Definition of awful from the Collins English Dictionary
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