From Middle English aw, awe, agh, awȝe, borrowed from Old Norse agi, from Proto-Germanic *agaz (“terror, dread”). Displaced native Middle English eye, eyȝe, ayȝe, eȝȝe, from Old English ege, æge (“fear, terror, dread”), from the same Proto-Germanic root.
awe (usually uncountable, plural awes)
- A feeling of fear and reverence.
- A feeling of amazement.
- (archaic) Power to inspire awe.
awe (third-person singular simple present awes, present participle awing or aweing, simple past and past participle awed)
- (transitive) To inspire fear and reverence in.
- (transitive) To control by inspiring dread.