Definition of dismally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪzməli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪzməli//
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  1. 1(informal) not skilfully or successfully The party performed dismally in the election. I tried not to laugh but failed dismally (= was completely unsuccessful).
  2. 2in a way that causes or shows sadness synonym gloomily, miserably She shook her head dismally.