Definition of dreadfully in English:

dreadfully

Line breaks: dread|ful¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈdrɛdfəli
 
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chiefly British

adverb

1 [often as submodifier] Extremely: you’re dreadfully thin I’m dreadfully sorry!
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
extremely, very, really, frightfully, fearfully, exceedingly, immensely, terribly, exceptionally, uncommonly, remarkably, extraordinarily; decidedly, most, positively, particularly; Northern Englishright; Scottishunco; North Americanquite
informal terrifically, tremendously, desperately, awfully, devilishly, ultra, too … for words, mucho, mega, seriously, majorly, oh-so
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
very much, intensely, desperately, a great deal, a good deal, to a great extent, much, a lot, lots
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.
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