Definition of overawe in English:



[with object]
  • Impress (someone) so much that they are silent or inhibited.

    ‘the eleven-year-old was overawed by the atmosphere’
    • ‘Crouching underneath two huge, tired-looking horse chestnut trees, we were overawed by the treasure trove among the fallen leaves.’
    • ‘They had some big names in their squad but we weren't overawed, especially since a few of them were past their prime.’
    • ‘He showed that he was not overawed by the England shirt.’
    • ‘No big occasion or additional responsibility will overawe him.’
    • ‘He wasn't overawed by the thought of working with the National.’
    • ‘Two years on, Buchanan admits he was overawed by the Olympic experience in Sydney.’
    • ‘He was overawed by the rows of desks tiered as in a movie theatre, each equipped with multiple laptops and surrounded by giant screens.’
    • ‘She is overawed by the extent of the old-style dance revival and says she has had to put on extra classes to cope with demand.’
    • ‘We were not overawed by their reputation as world champions, however, and physically there wasn't too much in it.’
    • ‘Could it be that at 14 he was slightly overawed by the occasion?’
    • ‘I was overawed and fully believed everything they told me.’
    • ‘You respect them for who they are, but you can't let that overawe you.’
    • ‘They say ignorance is bliss, and that proved to be the case because I wasn't overawed in that first game.’
    • ‘We were the only people in there at the time and the silence completely overawed us.’
    • ‘He insists he is not overawed by the challenge of winning the South.’
    • ‘Though I believe in artistic egalitarianism, I was overawed by the big names.’
    • ‘It may come down to whether he is overawed by both the presence of Woods and the whole Masters occasion.’
    • ‘It stood in its own park, with a lodge and a drive, partly to give privacy, partly to impress or even overawe visitors.’
    • ‘Having eaten there but once - and I was a guest so didn't have to pay, either - I was almost overawed by its excellence.’
    • ‘I am overawed by their brilliance, in what once must have been seen as an impossible task.’
    intimidate, daunt, cow, take someone's breath away, awe, disconcert, blind someone with something, unnerve, discourage, subdue, abash, dismay, frighten, alarm, scare, deter, terrify, terrorize, browbeat, bully
    View synonyms