hon·est·ly | \ˈä-nəst-lē \

Definition of honestly 

1 : in an honest manner: such as

a : without cheating counted the ballots honestly

b : really, genuinely was honestly scared

c : without frills food honestly prepared

2 : to be honest : to tell the truth honestly, I don't know

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Examples of honestly in a Sentence

Officials counted the votes honestly. The bank has always dealt honestly with me. I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today. He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made. She honestly believes that she has been mistreated.
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Congratulations on your 5th, honoured to share my 4th birthday with you x x pic.twitter.com/C5uuskM9S0 — florence welch (@flo_tweet) June 29, 2018 Drake might be a solar eclipse — a supernova, honestly — but trust: the world keeps spinning. refinery29.com, "Love It Or Hate It, You Listened: Drake Broke All The Streaming Records With Scorpion," 1 July 2018 The best part of this show—aside from literally all of it, honestly—is that the stand-up routines are actually funny. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 Many Capricorns feel that they are poorly represented in astrology and that the whole thing is silly, which is honestly just so Capricorn. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 As a result, Lang's mix of stumbles, silliness, and determination gels together in far more convincing fashion this time. Plus, honestly, Rudd is at the top of his comic-timing game here. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 And the party is fun and relaxing—beer is for sale, and there are card games and live music—but, honestly, the power of Ii-Epstein's fine play wouldn't be diminished one iota if the party were cut. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Not One Batu feels torn directly from life," 5 July 2018 That’s a welcome change, and such programs need to be more widespread and better funded, honestly. Tori Telfer, Longreads, "‘I Had Nothing To Do With It But Have Been Punished’: Issac Bailey On His Brother Moochie, the Murderer," 22 June 2018 Often the researchers working with industries are elite investigators who honestly believe their views. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The alcohol industry gave the government money to prove moderate drinking is safe," 15 June 2018 Driving in most crowded places is a sport, honestly. Brenna Williams, CNN, "This week in politics, GIF'd," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of honestly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of honestly

: without cheating or lying : in an honest way

: in a genuine way : without pretending

—used to stress that a statement is true


hon·est·ly | \ˈä-nəst-lē \

Kids Definition of honestly

1 : without cheating or lying : in an honest manner They made their money honestly.

2 : in a real and sincere way She was honestly scared.

3 used to stress the truth or sincerity of what is being said Honestly, I don't know how you do it.

4 used to show annoyance or disapproval Is that your excuse? Honestly!

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to reject or criticize sharply

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