- very; extremely: That was awfully nice of you. He's awfully slow.
- in a manner provoking censure, disapproval, or the like: She behaved awfully all evening.
- in a manner inspiring awe: shouting awfully the dreaded curse.
- in a manner expressing awe: to stare awfully.
Origin of awfully
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Examples from the Web for awfully
I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between the police and Democratic politicians.The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio
December 21, 2014
People who normally sound smart said some awfully dumb things.A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
August 19, 2014
And perhaps the current Supreme Court will take a more literal reading of the awfully clear language in the state Constitution.Religious Schools Take Kentucky Taxpayers on an $18 Million Ride
May 7, 2014
“Discourage” is an awfully mild word for the reality of pot prohibition in the United States.What David Brooks Doesn't Understand About the Marijuana Prohibition
January 3, 2014
I notice your office is awfully close to the Barclays Center, where the Nets play.Spike Lee on Blackface, ‘Oldboy,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and The Brooklyn Nets
October 31, 2013
"I think they are awfully snobbish," she remarked resentfully.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But wasn't it awfully risky to keep making him mad like that?The Trail Book
"Well, I do think it's awfully good, Dell," began the Countess.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
And, Peter, it was awfully nice of you to wait about reading these letters.Her Father's Daughter
Do you know, Vernon, I'd like awfully to get at your point of view—your philosophy of life?The Incomplete Amorist
- in an unpleasant, bad, or reprehensible manner
- informal (intensifier)I'm awfully keen to come
- archaic so as to express or inspire awe
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Word Origin and History for awfully
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