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“awe” + “-some”


  • positive - awesome
    • comparative - more awesome
    • superlative - most awesome


  • 1. (somewhat, dated or formal) Causing awe or terror; inspiring wonder or excitement.
         The waterfall in the middle of the rainforest was an awesome sight.
         The tsunami was awesome in its destructive power.
  • 2. (colloquial) Excellent, exciting, remarkable.
         That was awesome!, That's awesome!!
         Awesome, dude!

Usage notes

The oldest meaning of "awesome" is "something which inspires awe", but the word is also a common slang expression in English. As the original meaning of awesome has become somewhat antiquated in general use, the term awe-inspiring is now generally used for the same meaning.

  • The derived term teh awesome can be used sparingly to denote extremely good things.