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blankly

[blangk-lee] /ˈblæŋk li/
adverb
1.
without expression or understanding:
She stared blankly at her inquisitors.
2.
in every respect; totally; fully:
He blankly denied ever saying such a thing.
Origin of blankly
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; blank + -ly
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  • After repeated shakings I opened my eyes and stared at him blankly, but I said nothing.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Beardsley looked at him blankly, and Pederson gave a snort and a gesture.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • Her children, surveying her blankly, found speech difficult.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • They were slow moving and stared as blankly at him as at the pictures on the wall.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Dumaresque looked from one to the other blankly and then laughed.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The mother did not know what to make of it apparently; she said blankly, "Oh!"

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells

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