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AWSOME, AWESOME, AWSUM, adj. and adv. The adj. is chiefly Sc. (N.E.D.) and the adv. wholly so. [′ɑ:səm Sc.; ′:səm em. and wm.Sc.; ɒ′:səm sm.Sc.]

1. adj.

(1) Used in Sc. as in St.Eng. in the sense of inspiring fear. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1824  Scott Redgauntlet Letter xi.:
He was sic an awsome body, that naebody cared to anger him.
wm.Sc. 1868  W. Motherwell in Laird of Logan 298:
What an awsum weight of duty and dignity [etc.]!

(2) (Like awfu' and Eng. awful, an intensive epithet,) great; terrible, unpleasant, bad. Lnk. 1838  J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers Letter ii. 15:
He coupit the luggie an' the scaddin' brose aboot the neck an' face o' the puir thing, an' left yer namesake in an awsome pickel.

2. adv.

(1) In a dreadful manner; so as to cause fear. Rnf. 1790  A. Wilson Poet. Works, The Miser (1846) 55:
Whiles rumlin' owre his box't-up pelf, Or chappin' awsome at his winnocks.

(2) Very, exceedingly. Cf. Awfu'. Kcb. 1895  S. R. Crockett Bog-Myrtle 39:
She's an awesome still lassie.

[Awe, n. + -some.]

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"Awsome adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/awsome>

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