[mat-er-uh v-fakt]


adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace: a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.
direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.

Origin of matter-of-fact

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsmat·ter-of-fact·ly, adverbmat·ter-of-fact·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matter-of-factly

Contemporary Examples of matter-of-factly

Historical Examples of matter-of-factly

  • It was Nana who matter-of-factly came to ask for a bed; and in what a state.


    Emile Zola

  • "Rosemary told Mr. Jordan last night," she said matter-of-factly.


    Josephine Lawrence

  • "Had an accident," Hetty said matter-of-factly, putting the last dishes on the table.

  • “Execute him, I suppose,” the harsh voice said matter-of-factly.

    Monkey On His Back

    Charles V. De Vet

  • He said clearly and matter-of-factly, "I want that one, Helen."

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

Word Origin and History for matter-of-factly


also matter of fact, 1570s as a noun, originally a legal term (translating Latin res facti), "that portion of an enquiry concerned with the truth or falsehood of alleged facts," opposed to matter of law. As an adjective from 1712. Meaning "prosaic, unimaginative" is from 1787. Related: Matter-of-factly; matter-of-factness. German Tatsache is said to be a loan-translation of the English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper