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  1. in a round manner.
  2. vigorously or briskly.
  3. outspokenly, severely, or unsparingly.
  4. completely or fully.
  5. in round numbers or in a vague or general way.

Origin of roundly

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at round1, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for roundly

soundly, completely, entirely, fully, wholly

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Historical Examples of roundly

  • He said roundly: "No, I shan't; I knew it would be a failure."

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Nancy made a cry of alarm, took the hood out of his hand, and scolded him roundly.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Hogan replied by roundly cursing the coat and his own lucklessness.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "You ought to have them taught you with a stick," he had told her roundly, on the last occasion.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • A paradox this to Maimon, and roundly denied as impossible when he first heard of it.

British Dictionary definitions for roundly


  1. frankly, bluntly, or thoroughlyto be roundly criticized
  2. in a round manner or so as to be round
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