Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

probably

play
adverb prob·a·bly \ˈprä-bə-blē, ˈprä(b)-blē\

Simple Definition of probably

  • : very likely : almost certainly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of probably

  1. :  insofar as seems reasonably true, factual, or to be expected :  without much doubt <is probably happy> <it will probably rain>

Examples of probably in a sentence

  1. The impact probably added all but the last few percent of Earth's mass and set the stage for Earth's and the Moon's subsequent evolution. —Mark Wilson, Physics Today, February 2008

  2. It was no secret that McKay preferred the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, and that, along with his innocent optimism and snark-free sincerity, probably makes him hopelessly old-fashioned. —Richard Hoffer, Sports Illustrated, 16 June 2008

  3. But what these newly inaugurated gym rats probably don't know is that besides buffing up their bodies for summer, they're also buffing up their brains. —Christen Brownlee, Science News, 25 Feb. 2006

  4. It will probably rain today.

  5. They will probably be here soon.

  6. It was probably the best concert I've ever been to.

  7. There were probably about 150 people at the wedding.

  8. Are you going to the picnic? Probably.

  9. Can you finish painting the room today? Probably not.



Origin of probably

(see 1probable)


First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with probably


PROBABLY Defined for Kids

probably

play
adverb prob·a·bly \ˈprä-bə-blē\

Definition of probably for Students

  1. :  very likely <With dark clouds like those, it will probably rain.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up probably? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry prompt maudlin oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ