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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dreadful)
a. horrible
The restaurant was lovely but the food was awful.El restaurante era precioso, pero la comida era horrible.
b. terrible
There's an awful smell in here.Hay un olor terrible aquí dentro.
c. horroroso
The weather is always awful in this part of the country.El tiempo siempre es horroroso en esta parte del país.
d. espantoso
He looks awful in those shorts!¡Se ve espantoso con esos shorts!
2. (used for emphasis)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
An awful lot has been written on the subject.Se ha escrito un montón sobre el tema.
He's an awful tease.Es muy bromista.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g., sex, once upon a time).
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g., cat, groovy).
a. formidable
The thief fled as the knight drew his awful sword to kill him.El ladrón huyó cuando el caballero sacó su formidable espada para matarlo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It's awful hot in the office.Hace un calor tremendo en la oficina.
That puppy is awful cute!¡Ese cachorro es monísimo!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (death, weather)
a. horrible, espantoso(a)
2. (colloquial)
an awful lotmuchísimo, un montón
an awful lot of peopleun montón de gente harta gente
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awful [ˈɔːfəl]
1 (dreadful) [+weather] horrible; espantoso; [+clothes, crime] horroroso; espantoso; [+smell, dilemma] terrible
what awful weather! ¡qué tiempo más horrible or espantoso!
an awful smell of paint what a relief to get out of those awful clothes some of his crimes are too awful to describe some of their offences are so awful they would chill the blood I couldn't stand London - bloody awful place!
we met and I thought he was awful le conocí y me cayó fatal
even if the weather is awful there's plenty to do it was just awful
you are awful! (wicked) ¡qué malo eres!; ¡qué mala idea tienes!
said semi-jokily to sb who has just said sth uncomplimentary about this woman :Si es encantadora
to feel awful (embarrassed, guilty) sentirse fatal; (ill) encontrarse or sentirse fatal
I felt awful about what had happened me sentía fatal por lo que había ocurrido
I hardly slept at all and felt pretty awful
I have an awful feeling something's going to happen tengo la terrible sospecha de que va a pasar algo
how awful! ¡qué horror!
how awful for you! ¡qué mal rato habrás pasado!
to look awful tener muy mal aspecto
you look awful, are you feeling all right? tienes muy mala cara or tienes muy mal aspecto, ¿te encuentras bien?
/I looked awful/ and felt quite shaky
for one awful moment I thought I'd broken it ¡fue horrible! por un momento pensé que se me había roto
it was an awful [shock] finding him
it smells awful huele fatal
prices have gone up something awful los precios han subido cosa mala (informal)
the truck rattled something awful
they beat him up something awful le dieron una tremenda paliza
it [tastes] awful
what an awful thing to happen! ¡qué cosa tan horrible or terrible!
the awful thing is that he thought we were joking lo peor (del caso) es que él pensó que estábamos de broma; you said some pretty awful things hiciste algunos comentarios muy hirientes
I learned the awful truth supe la amarga verdad
2 (bad, poor)
his English is awful habla inglés fatal
3 (awesome) imponente; tremendo
the awful sight of the volcano erupting we heard the awful roar of their men as they rushed into battle they made their name in deeds of awful glory
4 (as intensifier)
there were an awful lot of people había un montón de gente (informal); I've got an awful lot of work to do tengo un montón de trabajo (informal); it's an awful nuisance es una molestia terrible; he's an awful bore es terriblemente pesado; she's got an awful cheek! ¡tiene una cara increíble! (informal); it seems an awful waste parece un desperdicio terrible
I thought it an awful waste of money
especially (US)
ten years is an awful long time diez años es un montón de tiempo (informal); it's an awful long way to go está lejísimo; it's awful cold outside fuera hace un frío horroroso (informal)
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