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

  • But the first winter was terribly severe for these poor runaways.

  • There he took the boots—they were terribly stained, he saw—and drew them on.

  • "Girls, if you only knew how terribly this embarrasses me," pleaded Grace.

  • It is wretched that they should have to do so, and it is wrong, terribly wrong, of society that it should force them to do so.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • If Linda feels that she has been so terribly defrauded, she can help herself now!

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

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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