Definition of fearfully in English:



  • 1In an anxious manner; apprehensively.

    ‘he glanced over his shoulder fearfully’
    • ‘All this week you will be looking fearfully to New York City for guidance on what you will be wearing shortly.’
    • ‘Milo told me, softly and a little fearfully, that he was in awe of it.’
    • ‘We saw people running by outside our window, peering fearfully back over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Everyone is scared, waiting fearfully for the next attack.’
    • ‘The Demon sank into a chair, nerveless and limp, but still staring fearfully at the boy.’
    • ‘Margaret stared fearfully at her brother who was smiling quietly to himself.’
    • ‘Jacob and Bryan stare fearfully at Dodge.’
    • ‘I left Darren staring fearfully out the window.’
    • ‘Many women react fearfully to the news that they were going to have their baby in The Netherlands.’
    • ‘They don't step up to a long first putt thinking fearfully of a possible three-putt.’
    • ‘They received us a little fearfully.’
    • ‘They were soon blinking fearfully at the financial markets like rabbits caught in the headlamps of a truck.’
    • ‘They each regarded Mrs. Bennet fearfully.’
    • ‘He glanced around fearfully in case anyone was watching what seemed like an ordinary conversation between the two men.’
    • ‘She pressed her back against the wall and looked fearfully at everyone who moved.’
    • ‘The mother, still recovering from the trauma of the delivery, fearfully anticipated the possibility of rejection by her in-laws.’
    • ‘In the village were only scared-looking women standing in small groups, glancing fearfully around.’
    • ‘Some members of the public, who witnessed the incident outside when he attacked Baney, looked fearfully at the man.’
    • ‘A gaggle of ibis roosting in a nearby tree hooted fearfully.’
    • ‘When she fearfully approaches him, he touches her coat, but stops himself.’
    apprehensively, uneasily, nervously, timidly, timorously, diffidently, hesitantly
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  • 2[as submodifier] Dreadfully; extremely.

    ‘she was fearfully worried for the welfare of her family’
    • ‘He hasn't any money, but is fearfully learned.’
    • ‘The poor girl was so fearfully covered with the loathsome eruption, that on the sixth day her skin could not be seen on any part of her body.’
    • ‘He had lived so long in the open air, and led so active a life, imprisonment was telling fearfully upon his strong frame.’
    • ‘It was old, and high above the water; and it shook fearfully as they went over it.’
    • ‘This parish only attracted three converts last year and confessions are fearfully low.’
    • ‘He screamed as it flew round and round him, searching out a place where it might sting him most fearfully.’
    • ‘Her imagination had depicted him to her as suffering fearfully, but yet supported and illuminated by sanctity, love, and patience.’
    • ‘He does not sound at all handsome, and he is fearfully old.’
    • ‘After having been fearfully annoyed, however, by a crowd of half-armed Saracens, Joinville and his friends made a charge.’
    • ‘His eyes were light blue and rather small, and his face was fearfully freckled; but for all that he was not a bad-looking boy.’
    • ‘I would dearly love this book, Style and Epoch: Moisei Ginzburg, but it's fearfully pricey.’
    • ‘The online version of a gallery show, it has some fearfully vicious images - check out particularly the caricatures.’
    • ‘Fielding had a fearfully difficult time in his youth trying to work out what girls wanted.’
    • ‘The fearfully serious event inspired this bright and deceptively playful assemblage.’
    • ‘She's fearfully clever.’
    • ‘It appears to be fearfully highbrow.’
    • ‘The sandflies are so fearfully vicious that they prevent me from writing or doing anything and make me very irritable.’
    • ‘Too many people have, and would, just be fearfully quiet in such a horrible situation.’
    • ‘The one on the white horse was fearfully handsome and charmingly polite.’
    • ‘The loss of men, in each ship, was fearfully great, and singularly equal.’
    extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, remarkably, uncommonly, extraordinarily, incredibly, most, very, really, immensely, thoroughly, positively, decidedly, downright
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