- in a manner inspiring awe: shouting awfully the dreaded curse.
- in a manner expressing awe: to stare awfully.
Origin of awfully
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|Michael Tomasky|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People who normally sound smart said some awfully dumb things.
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|Jonathan Miller|May 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Jamelle Bouie|January 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jimmy So|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I found a mummy case in the library closet, but there wasn't anything in it at all, and I was awfully disappointed.Kit of Greenacre Farm|Izola Forrester
I'm awfully sorry we had to give you such a shock for your leave-taking, but accidents will happen, now and then.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
It was the aching, loving heart of humanity for which he wept, that needed God so awfully, and could not yet trust in him.The Seaboard Parish, Complete|George MacDonald
Oh heavens, how beautiful it was—fearfully, awfully tragically beautiful!The Woman Thou Gavest Me|Hall Caine
He really looks very bad this morning; I feel quite sorry for him, and I'm awfully sorry for her too.A City Schoolgirl|May Baldwin
c.1300, "so as to inspire reverence," from awful + -ly (2). Meaning "dreadfully, so as to strike one with awe" is recorded from late 14c. As a simple intensifier, "very, exceedingly," recorded from c.1830.