ter·​ri·​bly | \ ˈter-ə-blē How to pronounce terribly (audio) , ˈte-rə- \

Definition of terribly

1 : to an extreme degree : very : extremely became terribly ill had a terribly nice time got terribly excited I had tried a little radio before the war and hadn't been terribly impressed with it at the time.— Walter Cronkite He and Jimmy got into a quarrel about the girl's being fired, and it got terribly bitter.— Virginia Foster Durr
2 : in a terrible way : very badly, poorly, or unpleasantly behaving terribly They were treated terribly. This can be regarded as a somewhat progressive attitude because it is true that women were terribly abused in the Roman world.— Norman F. Cantor And then the next year I played terribly and finished close to last.— Gene Littler
3 : very much I miss you terribly.

First Known Use of terribly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Terribly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terribly. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of terribly

: very or extremely
: in a very bad or unpleasant way

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