• "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
    "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv awfully used as intensifiers "terribly interesting","I'm awful sorry"
    • adv awfully in a terrible manner "she sings terribly"
    • adv awfully of a dreadful kind "there was a dreadfully bloody accident on the road this morning"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She took a awful cold She took a awful cold
A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California
Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the other names that were thought of for the dwarfs in the Disney movie "Snow White" were Awful, Dirty, Shifty, Hotsy, and Jumpy
    • Awfully In an awful manner; in a manner to fill with terror or awe; fearfully; reverently.
    • Awfully Very; excessively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • awfully In an awful manner. Dreadfully; terribly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Awfully also in slang merely = very
    • adv Awfully (also in slang merely = very)
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  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.”
  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.”
  • Terry Anderson
    Terry Anderson
    “People are capable of doing an awful lot when they have no choice and I had no choice. Courage is when you have choices.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. agi, A.S. ege, fear; cog. with Gael. eaghal; Gr. achos, anguish.


In literature:

And she scolds me something awful when I don't come.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Oh, it's perfectly awful!
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
I got an awful shock.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He seems like an awfully independent person.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Senor, I wish you would get down and look at that engine; there's something awfully wrong with it.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
Whenever he sees me he's awful nice.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Those are the most awful things, I guess, to persons who are afraid.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
The most awful culmination of the awful night was the roasting of a hundred or more persons in mid-flood.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Us eat aw kinder wild animal den sech uz coon, possum, rabbit, squirrel en aw dat.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Yes, it's awful; a whole lot of life is awful.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

And I, crouched thro' that awful night
Without a stir,
Saw shining in the dark, the sweet
Sad face of her.
"Haunted" by Anna Johnston MacManus
God! forgive my grievous sin!
God! forgive my erring love!
Write not my sentence in
Thine awful scroll above!
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
He doesn't haddle as mich brass
As aw do ivery wick:
An' if he gets a gradely shop,
It's seldom he can stick.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
But we had one awful sorrow,
It almost turned my head,
When a mean and wicked cretur
Shot Mister Lincoln dead.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Down to the shades of death
He bowed his awful head;
Yet he arose to live and reign
When death itself is dead.
"Hymn 84" by Isaac Watts
Or plumb-down from the soaring roof
He to my awful eye
His radiant message angels me
From azure depths of sky.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Somebody somewhere made another awful mistake.
Like Ghost Rider 2 awful.
Frankyonkof Aw, thanks so much, Frank.
Moulin Rouge may be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
My coat was soft and smooth when I left it for cleaning, and now it's rough and stiff, and feels awful.
Anyone who has ever been nauseated knows what an awful feeling it is.
Valentine's Day on campus can be awesome—or awful.
Don't get me wrong, I feel awful about the situation that they have going on but what I found today makes me think that the tsunami and possibility of a nuclear meltdown has made them go completely batshit.
I feel awful about what happened in Colorado, but can we stop the hugging and the teddy bears.
But once you're there, it seems awfully far away.
What's so awful about offal .
Needless to say, if any man or woman tries any of these awful lines on you, just walk the hell away.
The story that had everyone talking last week was Paul Teetor's exploration of the claims made by Scotty Bowers ("The Awful Truth," March 30).
Prompter People introduced RoboPrompter, designed specifically for today's self-contained robotic cameras such as the Panasonic AW-HE100 and Sony BRC series, at IBC2011.
Verizon to ' promptly ' use AWS for LTE.

In science:

If aw < am , then σd > σm and the destabilisation occurs by fronts merging, as previously described, whereas in the reverse case σd = σm , and the bulk is destabilised as a whole, as a plateau decreasing in time towards zero.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
We start by analysing the case where the fluidity at the walls is fixed to a value aw .
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
Depending on ˙Γ and aw different behaviours are observed.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
The frozen branch actually displays an almost vertical section going to zero in the limit of vanishing shear rate ˙Γ → 0 due to the presence of a small wall layer of finite fluidity imposed by the wall, aw , and of thickness ℓ.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
These domains are limited by the global stresses σi (aw ) and σd (aw ), as discussed in section IV.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids