Definition of alarmingly in US English:



  • 1In a worrying or disturbing way.

    ‘all of a sudden, the bell sounds, rather alarmingly’
    • ‘The side doorbell jangled alarmingly, and Cook was roused from her place by the fire.’
    • ‘It will fizz quite alarmingly, but don't panic.’
    • ‘It will spit alarmingly, so make sure that your arm is well covered.’
    • ‘They dance to "Disco Inferno," causing the floor to bounce alarmingly.’
    • ‘With the cooking oscillating alarmingly, puddings did restore a certain equilibrium.’
    • ‘The slightest twitch, and the plane banks alarmingly.’
    • ‘Holding onto the railing tightly, and feeling my heart flutter alarmingly at the unwavering look in his eyes, I stared back.’
    • ‘The piccolo chirped alarmingly.’
    • ‘I sat, and the chair groaned alarmingly.’
    • ‘I refer to a karaoke bar alarmingly heard by all neighbors within a mile of its wretched source.’
    1. 1.1 To a worrying degree.
      ‘during the early 19th century levels of crime rose alarmingly’
      as submodifier ‘piling up debt during your college years is alarmingly easy’
      • ‘The friend is meant to provide a contrast with the ways of a city slicker, though some of his scenes come alarmingly close to condescension.’
      • ‘The only way to get there is by an old bus, along the alarmingly narrow roads that cling to the sides of the mountains.’
      • ‘The phenomenon of "selling out" has become alarmingly common among today's musicians.’
      • ‘The number of girls in co-educational schools in the district is alarmingly low.’
      • ‘Despite the assumed excellence of its educational system, the country has an alarmingly high rate of functional illiteracy.’
      • ‘It's a race against time to stabilize their government before public support, which is alarmingly eroding, starts to hemorrhage away altogether.’
      • ‘He was a remarkable American poet and writer whose alarmingly chaotic personal life impacted decisively on his work.’
      • ‘The river was alarmingly full.’
      • ‘He won't stick around if the results are not going well and his ranking drops so alarmingly that he is no longer seeded at the Grand Slams.’
      • ‘Some of our top models appear so alarmingly undernourished, I always feel like rushing some food and vitamin pills to them.’
  • 2sentence adverb Used to express concern over an event or state of affairs.

    ‘another recent attack on biography comes, alarmingly, from a biographer’
    • ‘Most alarmingly, the source of people's information has come under the greatest scrutiny.’
    • ‘Most alarmingly, his wife is contemplating marriage with the family accountant.’
    • ‘A trial of a niacin-and-statin combination had to be stopped because the cardiovascular effects were, alarmingly, going in the other direction.’
    • ‘More alarmingly, a broader historical sweep suggests that commodities are in a longer-term upward trend.’
    • ‘Alarmingly, there is only one publication to seriously address this scandal.’
    • ‘Alarmingly, there are plenty of forces in place, ready to take advantage.’
    • ‘Most alarmingly of all, both men appeared to be having an uncontrollable fit of the giggles.’
    • ‘Alarmingly, a number of jurors made reference specifically to the term "beyond reasonable doubt," which they found "confusing."’
    • ‘Alarmingly but not surprisingly, over 80 percent of recent women veterans report experiencing sexual harassment by other military personnel.’
    • ‘More alarmingly, the degree and extent of the complicity involved is shredding the credibility of the hierarchy.’