awfully (adv.) c.1300, "so as to inspire reverence," from AWFUL (Cf. awful) + -LY (Cf. -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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