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awful +‎ -ly



awfully (comparative more awfully, superlative most awfully)

  1. Badly, terribly.
    She led after the swiming and cycling, but ran awfully and came in fourth.
  2. (not comparable) Very; exceedingly; extremely; excessively.
    Synonyms: very, extremely, terribly; see also Thesaurus:extremely
    • 1912, Arnold Bennett, The Grim Smile of the Five Towns[1]:
      It was wondrous. 'I'm awfully glad I came now,' his thought ran; 'I'm managing it rather well.'
    • 1968, Syd Barrett (lyrics and music), “Jugband Blues”, in A Saucerful of Secrets, performed by Pink Floyd:
      It’s awfully considerate of you to think of me here / And I’m most obliged to you for making it clear that I’m not here
  3. (archaic) In a manner inspiring awe.
  4. (archaic) Reverently.
  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.