Definition of honestly in English:


Syllabification: hon·est·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈänistlē


  • 2Used to emphasize the sincerity of an opinion, belief, or feeling: she honestly believed that she was making life easier for Jack
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    • I sincerely and honestly regret everything that happened.
    • I found the images truly sickening and I honestly could not believe that you would decide to publish them.
    • I honestly believe that it wasn't just an attack on America, although it happened here in America.
    sincerely, genuinely, truthfully, truly, wholeheartedly; really, frankly, actually, seriously, to be honest, to tell you the truth, to be frank, in all honesty, in all sincerity
    informal Scout's honor
  • 2.1 [sentence adverb] Used to emphasize the sincerity or truthfulness of a statement: honestly, darling, I’m not upset
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    • Quite honestly, I don't like to go into those situations until everything is at least settled down.
    • It's not that hard, quite honestly, for these guys to stay out of trouble.
    • I'm sure there's a load of stuff I'm supposed to be doing today, but quite honestly I can't remember what it was.
  • 2.2 [sentence adverb] Used to indicate the speaker’s disapproval, annoyance, or impatience: honestly, that man is the absolute limit!
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    • Oh, honestly! Could my day possibly be more boring?
    • Oh honestly, was that really necessary?
    • Honestly, did you have to tell everyone?
    for heaven's sake, for goodness' sake, for Pete's sake, really, sheesh, jeepers

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