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causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Contemporary Examples

I want him to marry Rachel because it would be insanely romanticals, but I want him to marry me because it would be awesome.
10 Hot Valentines Jessi Klein February 13, 2009

And they were so funny and awesome that I thought, “I want to do that.”
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired Kevin Fallon September 3, 2014

“Presidential” looms large, with words like “awesome,” “commanding,” and “strong” coming in big numbers.
Word Clouds From the 2nd Presidential Debate October 16, 2012

She described lift-off as “a combination of excitement and fear,” and an “awesome experience.”
Gabrielle Giffords’ Marriage to Astronaut Mark E. Kelly Sandra McElwaine January 8, 2011

Brush up on your sign language with this awesome ASL cover of “Bad Romance.”
11 Hilarious Lady Gaga Wannabes The Daily Beast Video May 29, 2010

Historical Examples

In the meantime, the young inventor realized he had an awesome responsibility.
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X Victor Appleton

So awesome was it that I do not wonder we went a considerable way in silence.
The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton

Clancy looked at me and my face must have been awesome, for he stopped with mouth agape.
The Case and Exceptions Frederick Trevor Hill

Oh, I do not see how anything can be so grand, so awesome as this!
Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet

Now and then he would stop to say in an awesome whisper, “Come out here, you little devils!”
The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor

inspiring or displaying awe
(slang) excellent or outstanding

1590s, “profoundly reverential,” from awe (n.) + -some (1). Meaning “inspiring awe” is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of “impressive, very good” is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980. Related: Awesomely; awesomeness.


Excellent; wonderful; outstanding; cool, neat (Teenagers)


Excellent! Great!: You fixed it? Awesome!


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