1. (also awes) impressive, enormous, frightening.
|[||Brownie of Bodsbeck I 280: ‘It is his ghaist come to haunt the place.’ [...] ‘Ower true! it’s awesome to think o’’].|
|Kid Scanlon 268: I wish I had a line of patter like that! Amazin’ and awesome accuracy!|
|Among Thieves 339: It’s too awesome even to contemplate.|
|Snowblind (1978) 174: Awesome. Blood and raw meat.|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 37: The tapes from that concert [...] are awesome. It’s like funk on the Ellingtonian or symphonic level.|
|Golden Orange (1991) 172: The harbor jetty [...] was jammed with kids daring the reeeelyawesome waves that sometimes roar to twelve feet.|
|Curvy Lovebox 63: Almost gettin mashed by the awesome eighteen wheeler pullin’ out of a concealed entrance.|
|Observer Mag. 25 Jan. 28: It were awesome. The best rock’n’roll show I’ve seen since Motorhead seven years ago.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 224: They were awesome fist-fighters.|
|IOL News 9 Nov. [Internet] Cape Town’s scenery is awesome.|
2. (orig. US teen) wonderful, excellent, the best.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 1: awesome – fantastic.|
|Incest Schoolgirls [Internet] ‘Oooooh,’ she whispered. ‘That would be totally awesome!’.|
|Ghost World 39: Check out that waiter’s awesome ‘fifties’ hair-do!|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: Went to see Stretch’n’Vern [...] which was awesome.|
|Call of the Weird (2006) 129: Mike is awesome. Very open-minded.|
|Times Mag. 30 Apr. 96/3: ‘That is so awesome,’ said my son, cackling wildly.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 89: He thought the Young Lions was fucking awesome.|
|Base Nature [ebook] ‘I’ve got some awesome news’.|
(US) epitomizing excellence; also as excl. of approbation [underpinned by brand name of cleaning product Awesome Sauce].
|Urban Dict. 8 June [Internet] awesome sauce a beautifully assonant phrase which can and should be used on any occasion where joy and elation are expressed.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 1: AWESOMESAUCE - excellent: X: ‘I’ll have this project done by tomorrow.’ Y: ‘Awesomesauce.’.|