squarely

[ skwair-lee ]
/ ˈskwɛər li /

adverb

in a square shape, form, or manner.
directly; without evasion; in a straight or straightforward manner: to face a problem squarely.
in an honest or open manner; straightforwardly; fairly.
firmly; solidly; unequivocally.

Nearby words

  1. squared,
  2. squared paper,
  3. squared ring,
  4. squared splice,
  5. squarehead,
  6. squaresville,
  7. squaretail,
  8. squaretoed,
  9. squaring the circle,
  10. squarish

Origin of squarely

First recorded in 1550–60; square + -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for squarely

squarely

/ (ˈskwɛəlɪ) /

adverb

in a direct way; straighthe hit me squarely on the nose
in an honest, frank, and just manner
at right angles
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Word Origin and History for squarely

squarely

adv.

1540s, of multiplication, from square + -ly (2). From 1560s as "in a straightforward manner;" meaning "firmly, solidly" is from 1860.

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