honestly

[ on-ist-lee ]
/ ˈɒn ɪst li /

adverb

in an honest manner.
with honesty.

interjection

(used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.): Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.

Origin of honestly

1300–50; Middle English. See honest, -ly
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honestly

/ (ˈɒnɪstlɪ) /

adverb

in an honest manner
(intensifier)I honestly don't believe it

interjection

an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for honestly

honestly


adv.

mid-14c., from honest + -ly (2). As an intensifier or exclamation, from 1898.

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