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English definition of “awful”

awful

adjective (BAD)    /ˈɔː.fəl/ US  /ˈɑː-/
A2 extremely bad or unpleasant: He suffered awful injuries in the crash. We had awful weather. She's got an awful boss. What an awful thing to say! Would life be so awful without a car? The food was awful. She'd been ill and she looked awful.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad awfulness     /-nəs/ noun [U] You can't appreciate the true/sheer awfulness of war until you've actually experienced it.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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