Definition of dreadfully in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdredfəlē/


1 [often as submodifier] Extremely: you’re dreadfully thin I’m dreadfully sorry!
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  • I am really, truly, extremely, dreadfully, horribly sorry!
  • His behaviour was terrible and I am dreadfully sorry that you were exposed to it.
  • I feel dreadfully sorry for her and I know Michael will be really upset about it.
extremely, very, really, exceedingly, tremendously, exceptionally, extraordinarily;
informal,, dated frightfully
very much, much, lots, a lot, a great deal, intensely, desperately
1.1Very much: I’ll miss you dreadfully
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  • Suddenly I thought that was unusual, because I realised that every time I've gone to the movies the past couple of months, I've missed her dreadfully as I'm going up into the car park.
  • We are all very proud of Dan and his achievements in his short but very full life. We all miss him dreadfully.
  • I love my job, relish the operational role and will no doubt miss it dreadfully.
2Very badly: the company has performed dreadfully
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  • But isn't it refreshing to be able to tell you about two clubs with a good news story - even though both are performing somewhere between disappointingly and dreadfully on the field?
  • It can be difficult when you miss your child all day to find they behave dreadfully when they get home.
terribly, awfully, very badly, atrociously, appallingly, abominably, poorly
informal abysmally, pitifully

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Syllabification: dread·ful·ly

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