Definition of terribly in English:

terribly

adverb

  • 1as submodifier Very; extremely.

    ‘I'm terribly sorry’
    ‘it was all terribly frustrating’
    • ‘As a film, Cinderella Man is terribly weak, thoroughly sentimental and predictable.’
    • ‘They are clearly aware that there is no other way to elevate their social status except for working terribly hard.’
    • ‘I am full of thoughts and wishes for all of you and am terribly frustrated not to be able to express them.’
    • ‘There's a few great action sequences in it, but apart from that it's not terribly remarkable.’
    • ‘His inability to speak was terribly frustrating for him, and it just plain broke my heart.’
    • ‘She is terribly frightened, no doubt sensing that she may soon be badly hurt or harmed.’
    • ‘Although not terribly powerful on his own, he's often useful to have as part of a team.’
    • ‘He was not one of those people one should take lightly for he could become terribly serious in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘He's clearly convinced we're all headed for a nasty apocalyptic end but he manages to be terribly jolly about the whole thing.’
    • ‘This is the first time that my prospective father in law has done something so terribly nutty.’
    • ‘We are terribly lucky to have such a homey kitchen in student accommodation.’
    • ‘This is incredibly unrealistic and not terribly conducive to the story itself.’
    • ‘Rowing is a very physical activity and is taken terribly seriously by those involved.’
    • ‘But I do know that this ability, whether it's psychic or not, is not terribly uncommon.’
    • ‘She did love me, although I was so terribly selfish and awful to her.’
    • ‘I was terribly homesick when I first arrived here and missed my family very much.’
    • ‘I know you are hurt and I am terribly sorry you had to experience this at such a young age.’
    • ‘Essendon would be in a terribly strong position if there were no salary cap and no draft.’
    • ‘Erik moved along with his men and tried to look serious but was inside terribly afraid.’
    • ‘Some bright spark decided it would be terribly amusing to spill the contents of six litter bins across the cathedral green during the night.’
    very, extremely, awfully, dreadfully, really, frightfully, exceptionally, exceedingly, immensely, thoroughly, uncommonly, remarkably, eminently, extraordinarily, incredibly, most, positively, decidedly, downright
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    1. 1.1 Very much.
      ‘your father misses you terribly’
      • ‘We are so fortunate to have had him sing such beautiful, soulful songs and we will miss him terribly.’
      • ‘He missed her terribly, and the worry of not knowing her fate gnawed at his mind constantly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Brooks said his family missed Robyn terribly and thought of her every day.’
      • ‘She felt another pang in her heart and realised she missed her parents terribly.’
      • ‘He missed Emily terribly and planned on surprising her at work if he could get done early enough.’
      • ‘I progressed to high school the year before Frankie, and missed him terribly.’
      • ‘I'd miss Gabrielle terribly, but I vowed to take her on tour with me as soon as she was old enough.’
      • ‘Dr Chakrabarti has been a great servant to Milnrow and he will be terribly missed by everyone he has helped.’
      • ‘The ball bounced once on the grass and hit Chloe in the leg, and she also missed that ball terribly.’
      • ‘It has only been a year since I lost my beloved Labrador Shamus and I still miss her terribly.’
      • ‘I miss him terribly when he is away even though the terms are short and the holidays long.’
      • ‘I can't believe it has only been a few days since I saw you last and I miss you terribly.’
      • ‘She suffered terribly from stage fright but she's past it to a degree.’
      • ‘As far as I was concerned, my dad had just disappeared, and I missed him terribly.’
      • ‘He was a lovely human being, a gentle giant and I will miss him terribly.’
      • ‘Of course, I miss her terribly but I know she's going to be a huge success!’
      • ‘She missed Nick terribly, more than last year even, when he'd first left for college.’
      • ‘She had missed him terribly, but she was angry at him for deserting her when she needed him most.’
      very much, greatly, a great deal, a lot, mightily
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  • 2Very badly or unpleasantly.

    ‘he came into the kitchen, swearing terribly’
    • ‘When I was being beaten in the ring, terribly beaten, hideously beaten, it would have been easy for me to quit.’
    very badly, atrociously, awfully, dismally, dreadfully, appallingly, execrably, poorly, incompetently, inexpertly
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Pronunciation

terribly

/ˈtɛrɪbli/