Word of the Day: Awesome
Be Awesome! Be a Book Nut!
Dr. Seuss, 1904 – 1991
awe-some / ô-səm
1. inspiring a feeling of overwhelming wonder
It is an awesome thing to comprehend that what a human being dreams and imagines can be realized.
Vanna Bonta, 1958 – 2014
2. conveying or displaying a feeling of overwhelming wonder
The most universally awesome experience that mankind knows is to stand alone on a clear night and look at the stars.
From “Knowing God” by J. I. Packer, 1926 –
3. (slang) outstanding, excellent
Encouragement is awesome.
Charles R. Swindoll, 1934 –
Through the Middle English age, aghe, awe (fear) from the Old Norse agi (fear) plus the English adjectival suffix -some from the Anglo-Saxon adjectival suffix sum (like, same) and indicating that something has or produces a sizeable amount of what is indicated by the base word.
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.