Definition of godawful in US English:


(also God-awful)


  • Extremely unpleasant.

    ‘it had been the most godawful forty-eight hours’
    • ‘After reading rumblings on the Internet, I finally saw the theatrical trailer and it was well, plainly put, it was godawful.’
    • ‘My flatmate has brought the most godawful piece of cast iron sculpture into our living room.’
    • ‘For me, it was just a godawful train wreck of a film.’
    • ‘Despite the godawful cover, this book is an astonishing bargain.’
    • ‘As much as I think the screenplay is godawful, the big budget stunts look great.’
    • ‘Sometimes life is just so God-awful you have to laugh, because if you start weeping, you'll never be able to stop.’
    • ‘Ideally, they should seek advice and then schedule one of those godawful meetings that everybody hates.’
    • ‘How is it that someone who's been writing since the late 60s can still be such a godawful writer?’
    • ‘Into the previously quiet space came the most godawful noise.’
    • ‘So just imagine what a godawful racket 10,000 pipers (no-doubt of ‘mixed’ ability) are going to make.’
    • ‘I seem to live permanently in some kind of godawful soap opera.’
    • ‘The homecoming queens looked like trashy wannabes, in tight, revealing gowns and these God-awful clunky shoes.’
    • ‘When the call I have been dreading finally comes, it's like a ghastly incarnation of your worst nightmare: the waking equivalent of that godawful dream where you find yourself wandering, completely starkers, through a crowded airport.’
    • ‘What is that godawful smell in there?’
    • ‘This has to be one of the most godawful shows ever produced by a State-sponsored broadcaster.’
    • ‘We are heading into one godawful fiscal storm.’
    • ‘The more time I spend in this God-awful town, the more I hate it.’
    • ‘Frankly, nothing compensates for sitting through this godawful racket.’
    • ‘It is by no means a masterpiece, but it is not the godawful atrocity that many backward-thinking critics have made it out to be.’
    • ‘I got a wicker blind to replace the godawful curtains in this room and discovered it's 5cm too wide, so I'll have to snip it down bit by bit.’
    foul, nasty, unpleasant, bad, disagreeable, horrid, horrible, dreadful, abominable, atrocious, offensive, obnoxious, odious, unsavoury, repulsive, off-putting, repellent, revolting, repugnant, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome, hateful, nauseating, sickening
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