- in an honest manner.
- with honesty.
- (used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.): Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.
Origin of honestly
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Examples from the Web for honestly
That was honestly the scariest thing about putting the show to bed.
That was honestly the scariest thing about putting it to bed.
Why he must address the multiple rape accusations against him honestly—and immediately.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
When I would say no, he would be honestly surprised that I would say no!What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
November 6, 2014
Whether it did so naively or cynically, I honestly do not know.Dark Money and Our Looming Oligarchy
October 22, 2014
Say, honestly, I didn't know my own name till I had a chanst to look me over.
Honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.
Honestly, now, I feel as if I was beginning life over again.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
All I intended by the first, I believe, I honestly told you at the time.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
In the meantime I say God-speed to every man who honestly teaches what he honestly believes.Weighed and Wanting
- in an honest manner
- (intensifier)I honestly don't believe it
- an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for honestly
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