Definition of awfully in English:

awfully

adverb

  • 1informal as submodifier Very.

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

awfully

/ˈɔːfʊli/