wholly

[ hoh-lee, hohl-lee ]
/ ˈhoʊ li, ˈhoʊl li /

adverb

entirely; totally; altogether; quite.
to the whole amount, extent, etc.
so as to comprise or involve all.

Nearby words

  1. wholesomely,
  2. wholetime,
  3. wholewheat,
  4. wholism,
  5. wholistic,
  6. whom,
  7. whomever,
  8. whomp,
  9. whomso,
  10. whomsoever

Origin of wholly

First recorded in 1250–1300, wholly is from the Middle English word holliche. See whole, -ly

Can be confusedholey holy wholly

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British Dictionary definitions for wholly

wholly

/ (ˈhəʊllɪ) /

adverb

completely, totally, or entirely
without exception; exclusively
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Word Origin and History for wholly

wholly

adv.

c.1300, probably from Old English *hallice; see whole + -ly (2).

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