in an extreme degree; exceedingly: extremely cold.

Origin of extremely

First recorded in 1525–35; extreme + -ly
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  • I am extremely affected on my mother's account—more, I must needs say, than on my own.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • His enmity to the working classes made him extremely unpopular.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • You will oblige us extremely by giving a little information.'

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Like every extremely selfish person she was a coward in her soul.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • This you will find an extremely delicate and appetizing dish.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for extremely



to the extreme; exceedingly
(intensifier)I behaved extremely badly


See very
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Word Origin and History for extremely

1530s, from extreme + -ly (2). Originally "with great severity," later more loosely, "in extreme degree" (1570s).

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