Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Better words for love

terribly

[ter-uh-blee] /ˈtɛr ə bli/
adverb
1.
in a terrible manner.
2.
Informal. extremely; very:
It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry.
Origin of terribly
1520-1530
1520-30; terrible + -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for terribly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • As she faced it she realized how terribly afraid she had been.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • They were terribly frightened, as indicated by their rapid flight.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • He must, indeed, have been terribly alarmed at the uncouth sound he heard.

  • He gives as little as he can; and that little hurts him terribly.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • It was terribly still, and I could hear him choking, a long way off, as I came back across the lines.

    Four Days Hetty Hemenway
British Dictionary definitions for terribly

terribly

/ˈtɛrəblɪ/
adverb
1.
in a terrible manner
2.
(intensifier): you're terribly kind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for terribly
adv.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for terribly

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for terribly

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for terribly