Definition of awfully in English:



  • 1informal [as submodifier] Very.

    ‘I'm awfully sorry to bother you so late’
    ‘an awfully nice man’
    • ‘The people who work for my publisher are awfully nice.’
    • ‘He must get awfully nervous when Gary Bauer and James Dobson call.’
    • ‘These heroes must grow up awfully fast in this day and age.’
    • ‘Not an environment devoted to the life of the mind, but the weather was awfully nice.’
    • ‘I must say that those days were awfully nice.’
    • ‘He did have awfully nice legs though - firm and powerful looking.’
    • ‘Pressure from powerful corners must make it awfully easy to misplace files.’
    • ‘Sometimes saying sorry is an awfully good idea.’
    • ‘And they're really awfully nice when you get to know them.’
    • ‘I just can't help feeling awfully sorry for him, though.’
    • ‘For being famous and horsey and whatnot, they were awfully nice and a lot of fun.’
    • ‘I felt a blush spread over my face - he must think I was awfully clumsy.’
    • ‘Helen is quite heartbroken, and I feel awfully sorry for her.’
    • ‘Dundee must seem awfully liberal by comparison.’
    • ‘It is two in the afternoon, the weather is awfully hot, and you are struck in a traffic jam.’
    • ‘It does take a while for the yarn to arrive - but it's awfully nice to have it arrive by Canada Post.’
    • ‘I must have been feeling awfully ambitious to set myself such a daunting assignment!’
    • ‘You must be awfully proud of Kyle, as I know you are of your other kids.’
    • ‘As it is, when she utters them on court, I have to keep reminding myself that she's really an awfully nice gal.’
    • ‘Which is awfully nice of her, but I feel - to use an appropriate piece of therapy-speak - somewhat conflicted.’
    very, extremely, really, exceedingly, immensely, thoroughly, decidedly, terribly, frightfully, dreadfully, fearfully, exceptionally, uncommonly, remarkably, eminently, extraordinarily, most, positively, particularly
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    1. 1.1Very much.
      ‘thanks awfully for the tea, Mr Oakley’
      • ‘Well, not especially, thanks awfully.’
      • ‘As a final note, thanks awfully for all the pay cheques.’
      very much, a lot
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  • 2Very badly or unpleasantly.

    ‘we played awfully’
    • ‘It was with a guy who spoke awfully.’
    • ‘I played awfully a couple of times, even stupidly.’
    very badly, atrociously, terribly, dismally, dreadfully, appallingly, execrably, poorly, incompetently, inexpertly
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