Meaning of “terribly” in the English Dictionary

"terribly" in British English

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terriblyadverb

uk /ˈter.ə.bli/ us /ˈter.ə.bli/

terribly adverb (VERY BADLY)

B2 very badly:

I slept terribly last night.

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  • Tomato sauce stains terribly - it's really difficult to get it out of clothes.
  • She'd suffered terribly over the years but it hadn't made her bitter.
  • She suffers terribly in the winter when it's cold and her joints get stiff.
  • They were terribly injured.

terribly adverb (VERY MUCH)

B1 mainly UK very:

I'm terribly pleased to hear that you've got a job.
I was terribly sorry to hear about the death of your mother.

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  • She's terribly upset because her father passed away last week.
  • He came home after three months at college looking terribly scrawny.
  • I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to trip you up.
  • The form was terribly complicated and I had a lot of trouble with it.
  • I used to take plenty of exercise, but now I'm terribly unfit.

(Definition of “terribly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"terribly" in American English

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terriblyadverb

us /ˈter·ə·bli/

(usually about something bad or unpleasant) very much:

I’m terribly disappointed I couldn’t be there.

Sometimes terribly is used to emphasize something good:

I’m terribly excited about tonight’s show.

(Definition of “terribly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)