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[aw-fuh-lee, awf-lee] /ˈɔ fə li, ˈɔf li/
very; extremely:
That was awfully nice of you. He's awfully slow.
in a manner provoking censure, disapproval, or the like:
She behaved awfully all evening.
  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; Middle English auefulli; see awful, -ly
Usage note
See awful. Unabridged
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  • One thing it probably would not volunteer is that things are awfully wet down here.
  • Students were referring to each other by nicknames awfully early in the semester.
British Dictionary definitions for awfully


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

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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Slang definitions & phrases for awfully



Very; very much: It's awfully dark here

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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