adjective, dir·er, dir·est.
Origin of dire
Examples from the Web for direly
The beleagured nation has been direly impacted by troop and weapon flows into its north from neighbor Libya.
And yet it is doubtful if he would have been recognised, so direly had tribulation altered him.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I had hastened forward, convinced that my aid and protection were direly needed.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
Suppose she let him see how direly she needed money at this moment.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels|Mrs. Charles Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for direly
adjective (usually prenominal)
Word Origin for dire
Word Origin and History for direly
1560s, from Latin dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," of unknown origin; perhaps from Oscan and Umbrian and perhaps cognate with Greek deinos, from PIE root *dwei-.