god-aw·​ful gäd-ˈȯ-fəl How to pronounce god-awful (audio)
: extremely unpleasant or disagreeable : abominable
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Word History


goddamned + awful

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of god-awful was in 1877

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“God-awful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god-awful. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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