Definition of fearfully in English:



  • 1In an anxious manner; apprehensively:

    ‘he glanced over his shoulder fearfully’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They received us a little fearfully.’
    • ‘When she fearfully approaches him, he touches her coat, but stops himself.’
    • ‘A gaggle of ibis roosting in a nearby tree hooted fearfully.’
    • ‘Many women react fearfully to the news that they were going to have their baby in The Netherlands.’
    • ‘I left Darren staring fearfully out the window.’
    • ‘Jacob and Bryan stare fearfully at Dodge.’
    • ‘In the village were only scared-looking women standing in small groups, glancing fearfully around.’
    • ‘They each regarded Mrs. Bennet fearfully.’
    • ‘She pressed her back against the wall and looked fearfully at everyone who moved.’
    • ‘They were soon blinking fearfully at the financial markets like rabbits caught in the headlamps of a truck.’
    • ‘Everyone is scared, waiting fearfully for the next attack.’
    • ‘The mother, still recovering from the trauma of the delivery, fearfully anticipated the possibility of rejection by her in-laws.’
    • ‘They don't step up to a long first putt thinking fearfully of a possible three-putt.’
    • ‘All this week you will be looking fearfully to New York City for guidance on what you will be wearing shortly.’
    • ‘We saw people running by outside our window, peering fearfully back over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Milo told me, softly and a little fearfully, that he was in awe of it.’
    • ‘He glanced around fearfully in case anyone was watching what seemed like an ordinary conversation between the two men.’
    • ‘Some members of the public, who witnessed the incident outside when he attacked Baney, looked fearfully at the man.’
    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’
    • ‘This parish only attracted three converts last year and confessions are fearfully low.’
    • ‘I would dearly love this book, Style and Epoch: Moisei Ginzburg, but it's fearfully pricey.’
    • ‘The one on the white horse was fearfully handsome and charmingly polite.’
    • ‘Too many people have, and would, just be fearfully quiet in such a horrible situation.’
    • ‘The fearfully serious event inspired this bright and deceptively playful assemblage.’
    • ‘Her imagination had depicted him to her as suffering fearfully, but yet supported and illuminated by sanctity, love, and patience.’
    • ‘The online version of a gallery show, it has some fearfully vicious images - check out particularly the caricatures.’
    • ‘The loss of men, in each ship, was fearfully great, and singularly equal.’
    • ‘He screamed as it flew round and round him, searching out a place where it might sting him most fearfully.’
    • ‘It appears to be fearfully highbrow.’
    • ‘He does not sound at all handsome, and he is fearfully old.’
    • ‘He had lived so long in the open air, and led so active a life, imprisonment was telling fearfully upon his strong frame.’
    • ‘After having been fearfully annoyed, however, by a crowd of half-armed Saracens, Joinville and his friends made a charge.’
    • ‘It was old, and high above the water; and it shook fearfully as they went over it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fielding had a fearfully difficult time in his youth trying to work out what girls wanted.’
    • ‘She's fearfully clever.’
    • ‘He hasn't any money, but is fearfully learned.’
    • ‘The sandflies are so fearfully vicious that they prevent me from writing or doing anything and make me very irritable.’
    • ‘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.’
    extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, remarkably, uncommonly, extraordinarily, incredibly, most, very, really, immensely, thoroughly, positively, decidedly, downright
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