[ aw-fuh-lee, awf-lee ]
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  1. very; extremely: That was awfully nice of you. He's awfully slow.

  2. in a manner provoking censure, disapproval, or the like: She behaved awfully all evening.

  1. Archaic.

    • in a manner inspiring awe: shouting awfully the dreaded curse.

    • in a manner expressing awe: to stare awfully.

Origin of awfully

1350–1400; Middle English auefulli;see awful, -ly

confusables note For awfully

See awful.

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How to use awfully in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for awfully


/ (ˈɔːfəlɪ, ˈɔːflɪ) /

  1. in an unpleasant, bad, or reprehensible manner

  2. informal (intensifier): I'm awfully keen to come

  1. archaic so as to express or inspire awe

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