Definition of awfully in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːfʊli


1 [as submodifier] informal Very: I’m awfully sorry to bother you so late an awfully nice man
More example sentences
  • I must say that those days were awfully nice.
  • He did have awfully nice legs though - firm and powerful looking.
  • Helen is quite heartbroken, and I feel awfully sorry for her.
Northern English right;
Scottish unco;
North American quite;
informal terrifically, tremendously, desperately, devilishly, ultra, too … for words, mucho, mega, seriously, oh-so, madly, majorly
British informal jolly, ever so, dead, well, fair
North American informal real, mighty, awful, plumb, powerful
South African informal lekker
informal , dated devilish, hellish
archaic exceeding, sore
1.1Very much: thanks awfully for the tea, Mr Oakley
More example sentences
  • Well, not especially, thanks awfully.
  • As a final note, thanks awfully for all the pay cheques.
very much, a lot
informal a million
2Very badly or unpleasantly: we played awfully
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  • I played awfully a couple of times, even stupidly.
  • It was with a guy who spoke awfully.

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