honestly

adverb hon·est·ly \ ˈä-nəst-lē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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

Examples of honestly in a Sentence

  1. Officials counted the votes honestly.

  2. The bank has always dealt honestly with me.

  3. I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today.

  4. He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made.

  5. She honestly believes that she has been mistreated.

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First Known Use of honestly

14th century


HONESTLY Defined for English Language Learners

honestly

adverb

Definition of honestly for English Language Learners

  • : without cheating or lying : in an honest way

  • : in a genuine way : without pretending

  • —used to stress that a statement is true


HONESTLY Defined for Kids

honestly

adverb hon·est·ly \ ˈä-nəst-lē \

Definition of honestly for Students

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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