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[ter-uh-blee] /ˈtɛr ə bli/
in a terrible manner.
Informal. extremely; very:
It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry.
Origin of terribly
First recorded in 1520-30; terrible + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the first winter was terribly severe for these poor runaways.

  • There he took the boots—they were terribly stained, he saw—and drew them on.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "Girls, if you only knew how terribly this embarrasses me," pleaded Grace.

  • It is wretched that they should have to do so, and it is wrong, terribly wrong, of society that it should force them to do so.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • If Linda feels that she has been so terribly defrauded, she can help herself now!

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for terribly


in a terrible manner
(intensifier): you're terribly kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for terribly

"dreadfully," 1520s, see terrible + -ly (2); in the sense of "extremely" it is first recorded 1833; in the sense of "extremely badly" it dates from 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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