honestly

adverb
hon·​est·​ly | \ ˈä-nəst-lē How to pronounce honestly (audio) \

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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And honestly, many of these games run circles around the slew of indies the Nintendo Switch eShop has been flooded with. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "With the New Switch Lite, Nintendo (Unofficially) Kills the 3DS," 10 July 2019 The study had some limitations, mainly being that the data was self-reported, which lends itself to bias if a person in the study was not answering survey questions honestly. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 1: Hong Kong, Trump, Sudan, Texas plane crash, alcohol," 1 July 2019 Alex Iwobi is the only natural winger in the first team, which is honestly staggering to think. SI.com, "6 Positions Arsenal Must Strengthen to Get Back Into the Top 4 Next Season," 1 July 2019 Stop in at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, in the city’s old station or the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation to learn how honestly the city came by its name. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 Stop in at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, in the city’s old station or the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation to learn how honestly the city came by its name. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019 There’s a perception that someone turning wrenches is going to speak more honestly than someone sitting in a corner office. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Coming Off Paris Air Show High, Here's What Boeing Must Do to Get the 737 MAX (and Its Business) Back in the Air," 28 June 2019 And honestly to all the good men in the world because there’s a lot of them. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Abby Anderson to open for Rob Thomas at Hard Rock Live Orlando," 28 June 2019 But honestly, Miami is all about the nightlife scene—even during the day. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Weekending in Miami? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of honestly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honestly was in the 14th century

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honestly

adverb

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

honestly

adverb
hon·​est·​ly | \ ˈä-nəst-lē How to pronounce honestly (audio) \

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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