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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIGHTFULLY

Marcolina and I were frightfully hungry, but of course we have waited dinner for you.

She wore black and white and red, and she was frightfully smart, Betty thought.

I've been ill—influenza, you know—and I got so frightfully tired.

O, Bobbie, I do hate hurting you, and I do like you so frightfully much!

The Doubters replied with 'horrible objections,' which were frightfully effective.

I liked him when I met him, but he's frightfully bitter since the strike.

As it happened, Mazel was in a frightfully bad humour that day.

This alley, this bit of staircase which was frightfully dark, terrified him.

I am frightfully, dreadfully sorry, but it does not make the least difference to me.

I was afraid of the storm, and yet I was fearfully, frightfully glad of it.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "timid;" c.1600 "alarming;" from fright + -ful. In common with most -ful adjectives, it once had both an active and passive sense. Meaning "dreadful, horrible, shocking" (often hyperbolic) is attested from c.1700; Johnson noted it as "a cant word among women for anything unpleasing." Related: Frightfully.

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