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Awfull vs. Awful: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Aimie Carlson || By Janet White || Updated on March 12, 2024
"Awfull" is a misspelling. The correct spelling is "Awful," which means extremely bad or unpleasant.

Which is correct: Awfull or Awful

How to spell Awful?

Awfull is Incorrect

Awful is Correct


Key Differences

Think of "awful" as the opposite of "wonderful," both with one L.
Remember, "full" is spelled with two L's, but "awful" is not.
"Awful" has the word "aw" in it, like expressing disappointment.
Link "awful" to "aw" + "ful," not "full."
Connect "awful" to "dreadful." Both have one L and negative meanings.

Correct usage of Awful

The smell in the room was really awfull.
The smell in the room was really awful.
Her attempt at baking a cake turned out awfull.
Her attempt at baking a cake turned out awful.
The weather today is absolutely awfull.
The weather today is absolutely awful.
He received some awfull news about his job.
He received some awful news about his job.
The movie was so bad, it was awfull.
The movie was so bad, it was awful.

Awful Definitions

Inspiring reverence or wonder.
He had an awful talent for singing.
Very; used as an intensifier.
It's awful cold outside.
Causing fear or terror.
The storm was an awful sight.
Extremely bad or unpleasant.
The movie was awful.
Exceedingly great; usually in amount.
She made an awful lot of noise.
Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible
Had an awful day at the office.
Commanding awe
"this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath" (Herman Melville).
Filled with or displaying great reverence.
(Obsolete) Afraid.
Formidable in nature or extent
An awful burden.
An awful risk.
Extremely; very
Was awful sick.
Very bad.
My socks smell awful.
We saw such an awful film last night that we left the theater before the end.
Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.
An awful bonnet
I have learnt an awful amount today.
Causing fear or horror; appalling, terrible.
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.
Struck or filled with awe or reverence.
(obsolete) Terror-stricken.
(colloquial) Awfully; dreadfully; terribly.
Very, extremely.
That's an awful big house.
She seemed awful nice when I met her yesterday.
He was blubbering away something awful.
Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
Heaven's awful Monarch.
Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.
A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.
Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
Thrust from the company of awful men.
Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
Exceptionally bad or displeasing;
Atrocious taste
Abominable workmanship
An awful voice
Dreadful manners
A painful performance
Terrible handwriting
An unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room
Causing fear or dread or terror;
The awful war
An awful risk
Dire news
A career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
The dread presence of the headmaster
Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
A dreadful storm
A fearful howling
Horrendous explosions shook the city
A terrible curse
Offensive or even (of persons) malicious;
In a nasty mood
A nasty accident
A nasty shock
A nasty smell
A nasty trick to pull
Will he say nasty things at my funeral?
Inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence;
Awed by the silence
Awful worshippers with bowed heads
Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder;
New York is an amazing city
The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight
The awesome complexity of the universe
This sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath
Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent
Used as intensifiers;
Terribly interesting
I'm awful sorry

Awful Sentences

The awful weather spoiled our picnic plans.
It was an awful tragedy that shook the community.
The sweater she knitted for me was an awful color.
The room was in an awful mess after the party.
He felt awful after eating too much candy.
They received awful service at the restaurant.
It's awful how much food gets wasted.
It's awful how people can be so unkind to each other.
She had an awful headache and couldn't concentrate.
I had an awful dream last night and couldn't go back to sleep.
His behavior towards her was truly awful.
I have an awful feeling we're going the wrong way.
The book received awful reviews, but I liked it.
He made an awful decision that he later regretted.
The traffic was awful on the way to work.
That movie was so awful, we left halfway through.
He told an awful joke that no one laughed at.
She was feeling awful about forgetting her friend's birthday.
The smell coming from the kitchen was awful.
After the storm, the beach was left in an awful state.
It's awful how much time we spend on our phones.
The paint job on the house looked awful.
They had to throw out the milk because it tasted awful.
The news reported an awful accident on the highway.
The hotel room was awful, nothing like the pictures online.

Awful Idioms & Phrases

Look awful

To appear very unwell or in bad condition.
After staying up all night, he looked awful.

Awful truth

An unpleasant or hard to accept fact.
The awful truth was that he was never coming back.

Feel awful about

To feel very sorry or guilty about something.
I feel awful about breaking her vase.

Awful silence

A very uncomfortable or ominous quiet.
An awful silence fell over the room when the verdict was announced.

Awful good

Surprisingly good, often used ironically.
For such a cheap wine, it's awful good.

An awful lot

A very large amount.
She seems to know an awful lot about cars.

Taste awful

To have a very bad flavor.
This medicine tastes awful.

Make (something) awful

To cause a situation to be bad or unpleasant.
The constant rain made the camping trip awful.

Sound awful

To seem very bad or unpleasant when described.
That disease sounds awful.

Turn awful

When a situation becomes bad or unpleasant.
The weather is going to turn awful later today.


Which vowel is used before Awful?

The vowel "a" is used before "Awful."

What is the pronunciation of Awful?

It is pronounced as /ˈɔː.fəl/.

What is the singular form of Awful?


What is the root word of Awful?

The root word is "awe."

What is the plural form of Awful?

Awfuls (rarely used and context-dependent).

Is Awful an adverb?

In some contexts, "awfully" is the adverb form, e.g., "awfully nice."

What is the verb form of Awful?

Awful doesn't have a direct verb form. However, related verbs might be "awe" or "appall."

Which preposition is used with Awful?

"About" as in "awful about something" or "of" as in "awful of him."

Which conjunction is used with Awful?

There's no specific conjunction exclusive to "Awful"; it depends on context.

Which article is used with Awful?

Both "a" and "the" can be used, depending on the context.

Why is it called Awful?

Originally, "awful" meant "full of awe," but its meaning evolved to represent something negative.

Is Awful a negative or positive word?

Traditionally negative, but can be positive in informal contexts like "awfully good."

Is Awful a vowel or consonant?

"Awful" is a word made up of both vowels and consonants.

How do we divide Awful into syllables?


What is another term for Awful?

Dreadful or terrible.

What is the opposite of Awful?

Wonderful or terrific.

What is the third form of Awful?

Not applicable (since it's primarily an adjective).

Is Awful a collective noun?


What part of speech is Awful?

Adjective (and occasionally noun in specific contexts).

Is Awful a noun or adjective?

Awful is primarily an adjective.

What is a stressed syllable in Awful?

The first syllable, "aw," is stressed.

Which determiner is used with Awful?

Determiners like "this," "that," "an," and "the" can be used, depending on context.

What is the first form of Awful?

Awful (as an adjective, it doesn't have verb forms).

What is the second form of Awful?

Not applicable (since it's primarily an adjective).

Is Awful a countable noun?

When used rarely as a noun, it's generally uncountable.

Is the word Awful imperative?

No, "Awful" is not imperative.

How is Awful used in a sentence?

The traffic today was awful, causing massive delays.

Is Awful an abstract noun?

No, "Awful" is not an abstract noun.

Is the Awful term a metaphor?

It can be used metaphorically, but it's not inherently a metaphor.

How many syllables are in Awful?

Two syllables.
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