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adjectiveSouthern, English Regional
Anxious, full of strong desire or longing; sorrowful. Formerly also as adverb, as an intensifier in negative contexts: exceedingly, very.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Laurence Andrewe (fl. c1520–1530), printer and translator. From earn + -ful.
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