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awfully

[ aw-fuh-lee, awf-lee ]
/ ˈɔ fə li, ˈɔf li /
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adverb
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.
Archaic.
  1. in a manner inspiring awe: shouting awfully the dreaded curse.
  2. in a manner expressing awe: to stare awfully.
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Origin of awfully

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

words often confused with awfully

See awful.
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British Dictionary definitions for awfully

awfully
/ (ˈɔːfəlɪ, ˈɔːflɪ) /

adverb
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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