in a terrible manner.
Informal. extremely; very: It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry.

Origin of terribly

First recorded in 1520–30; terrible + -ly
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Contemporary Examples of terribly

Historical Examples of terribly

  • It was not so terribly hard as to be impossible for ordinary men, like some of the holy hermits and Saints in the past had taught.

  • And then, terribly frightened all the while, she wrote down in a few sentences, his history.

    The Little Lame Prince

    Dinah Maria Mulock

  • To these young hearts the very idea of being crossed in love was terribly sad.

    Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • Jerry, terribly self-rebuking, wished sincerely that he and Dick had come alone.

  • “The goddess has come upon my wife most terribly,” thought the poor man.

    Tales of the Sun

    Mrs. Howard Kingscote

British Dictionary definitions for terribly



in a terrible manner
(intensifier)you're terribly kind
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Word Origin and History for terribly

"dreadfully," 1520s, see terrible + -ly (2); in the sense of "extremely" it is first recorded 1833; in the sense of "extremely badly" it dates from 1930.

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