in a dreadful way: The pain has increased dreadfully.
very; extremely: Sorry to be so dreadfully late.
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How to use dreadfully in a sentence
It was a dreadfully warm 80 degrees, the winter air so thick that the concrete was sweating along with me.
“Scuffling” is a word without contextual meaning — technically, it means fighting or walking in a shambling manner — but coaches and managers, seeking the balm of euphemism, apply it to players who are playing dreadfully.Gene Weingarten: Take me out to the Old. Word. Game. | Gene Weingarten | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
His course managed to be both dreadfully dull and appallingly difficult, with few light moments.
We did the scene at the beginning of the film and we were dreadfully embarrassed.How Hollywood’s Most Realistic Sex Scenes Were Made: ‘Don’t Look Now’ to ‘Nymphomaniac’ | Marlow Stern | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, an 11-month campaign is dreadfully long, and the unforeseen could always happen.
They saw it as behaving dreadfully or behaving with transcendent virtue.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation | David Samuels | November 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A team that was already depressed over its dreadfully dismal season now must mourn the loss of its very popular owner.What Happens to Los Angeles Lakers After Death of Jerry Buss? | Allison Samuels | February 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A germ flies from a stagnant pool, and the laughing child, its mother's darling, dies dreadfully of diphtheria.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
I told her I felt so dreadfully to think I had met the person I ought to have met four years ago, at the last minute, so.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
His thoughts grew dreadfully confused, and his confidence in himself began to fade.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
An Irish officer had the misfortune to be dreadfully wounded in one of the late battles in Holland.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
The old man became dreadfully angry, you may guess, and began to scold and curse in German.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for dreadfully
in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
(intensifier): you're dreadfully kind
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