dreadfully


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dread·ful·ly

 (drĕd′fə-lē)
adv.
1. In a dreadful manner: The team played dreadfully. The wind was blowing dreadfully.
2. Extremely; very: was dreadfully ill; a dreadfully boring book; dreadfully exciting.
3. To a great extent; very much: We miss her dreadfully.

dreadfully

(ˈdrɛdfʊlɪ)
adv
1. in a shocking, or disagreeable manner
2. (intensifier): you're dreadfully kind.

dread•ful•ly

(ˈdrɛd fə li)

adv.
1. in a dreadful way.
2. very; extremely: so dreadfully embarrassed.
[1275–1325]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.dreadfully - of a dreadful kind; "there was a dreadfully bloody accident on the road this morning"
2.dreadfully - in a dreadful manner; "as he looks at the mess he has left behind he must wonder how the Brits so often managed to succeed in the kind of situation where he has so dismally failed"

dreadfully

dreadfully

adverb
To a high degree:
Informal: awful.
Chiefly Regional: mighty.
Translations
جدا، بصورةٍ مُخيفَه
hrozněpříšerně
forfærdeligtfrygteligt
borzasztóanfélelmetesenijesztőenirtóirtózatosan
hræîilega, einstaklega

dreadfully

[ˈdredfəlɪ] ADV
1. (= very) [boring] → mortalmente; [late, difficult] → increíblemente, muy
I'm dreadfully sorrylo siento muchísimo
I felt something was dreadfully wrongsentía que había pasado algo horrible
2. (= very much) [suffer] → muchísimo, lo indecible; [hurt] → a rabiar
I miss Janet dreadfullyecho muchísimo de menos a Janet
3. (= badly) [behave, treat, sing] → muy mal, espantosamente, fatal (Sp)

dreadfully

[ˈdrɛdfʊli] adv
(= very badly) [behave, treat] → très mal
(= very) [ill, worried] → affreusement
(= very much) [miss] → terriblement

dreadfully

advschrecklich; behave alsofurchtbar; to treat somebody dreadfullyjdn scheußlich behandeln; something was dreadfully wrongetwas stimmte ganz und gar nicht

dreadfully

[ˈdrɛdflɪ] advterribilmente
I'm dreadfully sorry → sono terribilmente spiacente

dread

(dred) noun
great fear. She lives in dread of her child being drowned in the canal; His voice was husky with dread.
verb
to fear greatly. We were dreading his arrival.
ˈdreadful adjective
1. terrible. a dreadful accident.
2. very bad or annoying. What dreadful children!
ˈdreadfulness noun
ˈdreadfully adverb
extremely. dreadfully ill; dreadfully clever.
References in classic literature ?
I am aware how dreadfully angry it will make mamma, but I remember the risk.
He fell with force upon the ground and limped away, howling dreadfully. His yelling soon attracted other street dogs, who came up to him and inquired how he had enjoyed his supper.
In due time he was dragged across, half strangled, and dreadfully beslubbered by the feculent waters.
The distressing explanation she had to make to Harriet, and all that poor Harriet would be suffering, with the awkwardness of future meetings, the difficulties of continuing or discontinuing the acquaintance, of subduing feelings, concealing resentment, and avoiding eclat, were enough to occupy her in most unmirthful reflections some time longer, and she went to bed at last with nothing settled but the conviction of her having blundered most dreadfully.
And why did you write me such a dreadfully stiff letter?"
"I suppose I'll like it after a while," said the Story Girl slowly, "but I know I'll be dreadfully homesick at first.
"Wasn't I dreadfully untidy?" she wondered, but seeing the smile of ecstasy these reminiscences called up, she felt that the impression she had made had been very good.
I never have seen men more dreadfully affected than the pirates.
Even the kitten gave a dreadfully shrill scream and at the same time Jim the cab-horse neighed loudly.
"On the date I have just mentioned -- I mean the fifteenth of the month -- my master himself informed me that he had been dreadfully disappointed by a letter received from you, which had come in the morning from foreign parts, and had brought him bad news.
PETER was most dreadfully frightened; he rushed all over the garden, for he had forgotten the way back to the gate.
Of course my shoeless foot suffered dreadfully; the hoof was broken and split down to the very quick, and the inside was terribly cut by the sharpness of the stones.