awful etymology

English word awful comes from Middle English (1100-1500) aȝefull

Detailed word origin of awful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
aȝefull Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
awful English (eng) (now, _, rare) Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.. (obsolete) Terror-stricken.. Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.. Struck or filled with awe.. Very bad.. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. (colloquial, US, Canada) Very, extremely.