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[aw-fuh-lee, awf-lee] /ˈɔ fə li, ˈɔf li/
adverb
1.
very; extremely:
That was awfully nice of you. He's awfully slow.
2.
in a manner provoking censure, disapproval, or the like:
She behaved awfully all evening.
3.
Archaic.
  1. in a manner inspiring awe:
    shouting awfully the dreaded curse.
  2. in a manner expressing awe:
    to stare awfully.
Origin of awfully
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English auefulli; see awful, -ly
Usage note
See awful.
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awfully

/ˈɔːfəlɪ; ˈɔːflɪ/
adverb
1.
in an unpleasant, bad, or reprehensible manner
2.
(informal) (intensifier): I'm awfully keen to come
3.
(archaic) so as to express or inspire awe
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Word Origin and History for awfully
adv.

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.

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awfully

adverb

Very; very much: It's awfully dark here


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Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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