1. [syn: urgently, desperately]
2. in intense despair;
- Example: "the child clung desperately to her mother"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Desperately \Des"per*ate*ly\, adv.
In a desperate manner; without regard to danger or safety;
recklessly; extremely; as, the troops fought desperately.
She fell desperately in love with him. --Addison.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: with great urgency; "health care reform is needed
urgently"; "the soil desperately needed potash" [syn:
2: in intense despair; "the child clung desperately to her
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "desperately":
a corps perdu, carelessly, demonically, fanatically, fiercely,
forlornly, frantically, frenetically, furiously, happen what may,
hastily, head over heels, headfirst, headforemost, headlong,
heedlessly, heels over head, helter-skelter, holus-bolus,
hopelessly, hotheadedly, hotly, hurriedly, hurry-scurry,
impetuously, impossibly, like crazy, like mad, like one possessed,
madly, overeagerly, overenthusiastically, overzealously,
precipitantly, precipitately, precipitously, ramble-scramble,
recklessly, severely, slam-bang, slap-bang, slapdash,
uncontrollably, violently, wantonly, wildly