Pronunciation: (ô'fu-lē, ôf'lē),[key] —adv. 1. very; extremely: That was awfully nice of you. He's awfully slow. 2. in a manner provoking censure, disapproval, or the like: She behaved awfully all evening. 3. Archaic. a. in a manner inspiring awe: shouting awfully the dreaded curse. b. in a manner expressing awe: to stare awfully.