awfully

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Etymology[edit]

awful +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

awfully (comparative more awfully, superlative most awfully)

  1. In a manner inspiring awe.
  2. Reverently.
  3. Badly, terribly.
    She led after the swiming and cycling, but ran awfully and came in fourth.
  4. (not comparable) Very; exceedingly; extremely; excessively.
  5. (obsolete) Fearfully.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Adjectives to which "awfully" is often applied: good, hard, sad, nice, sorry, long, quiet, big, glad, familiar, well, difficult, tired, bad, hot, high, busy, pretty, small, cold, funny, expensive, fond, important, young, interesting, jolly, short, proud, clever, boring, strange, happy, lonely, stupid, strong, sick, pleased, old, hungry, afraid, silly.

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