awfully

[ aw-fuh-lee, awf-lee ]SEE DEFINITION OF awfully
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AWFULLY

"I think they are awfully snobbish," she remarked resentfully.

But wasn't it awfully risky to keep making him mad like that?

"Well, I do think it's awfully good, Dell," began the Countess.

And, Peter, it was awfully nice of you to wait about reading these letters.

Do you know, Vernon, I'd like awfully to get at your point of view—your philosophy of life?

"He's an awfully good chap, you know," said Vernon innocently.

"I shall miss you most awfully," said she with the air of one flaunting a flag.

He was awfully handsome and as clever and sarcastic as anything.

The moment I opened the door, I knew that something was awfully wrong.

Poor Balfour was awfully lonely after Chamberlain crocked up.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "so as to inspire reverence," from awful + -ly (2). Meaning "dreadfully, so as to strike one with awe" is recorded from late 14c. As a simple intensifier, "very, exceedingly," recorded from c.1830.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AWFULLY

exceedingly

adverbvery; exceptionally
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