Definition of terribly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈterəblē/


1 [usually as submodifier] Very; extremely: I’m terribly sorry it was all terribly frustrating
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  • She did love me, although I was so terribly selfish and awful to her.
  • As a film, Cinderella Man is terribly weak, thoroughly sentimental and predictable.
  • His inability to speak was terribly frustrating for him, and it just plain broke my heart.
very, extremely, particularly, hugely, intensely, really, terrifically, tremendously, immensely, dreadfully, incredibly, remarkably, extraordinarily, seriously
informal real, mighty, awful, majorly
2Very badly or unpleasantly: they beat me terribly
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  • When I was being beaten in the ring, terribly beaten, hideously beaten, it would have been easy for me to quit.
very badly, atrociously, deplorably, awfully, dreadfully, appallingly, execrably, abysmally, pitifully
2.1Very greatly (used to emphasize something bad, distressing, or unpleasant): your father misses you terribly
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  • She says she missed her father terribly growing up, and now only sees him about twice a year.
  • I loved my father, as I do now, and miss him terribly now he's gone.
  • He was a lovely human being, a gentle giant and I will miss him terribly.
very much, greatly, a great deal, a lot
informal tons, loads, big time

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Syllabification: ter·ri·bly

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