What does honestly mean?

Definitions for honestly
ˈɒn ɪst lihon·est·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word honestly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. honestly, candidly, franklyadverb

    (used as intensives reflecting the speaker's attitude) it is sincerely the case that

    "honestly, I don't believe it"; "candidly, I think she doesn't have a conscience"; "frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"

  2. honestly, aboveboardadverb

    in an honest manner

    "in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it"; "was known for dealing aboveboard in everything"


  1. honestlyadverb

    In an honest manner.

    He answered the questions honestly.

  2. honestlyadverb


    Honestly, I didn't believe a word she said.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Honestlyadverb

    Etymology: from honest.

    It doth make me tremble,
    There should those spirits yet breathe, that when they cannot
    Live honestly, would rather perish basely. Ben Jonson, Catil.

    For some time past all endeavours or proposals from private persons to advance the publick service, however honestly and innocently designed, have been called flying in the king’s face. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Honestly

    Honestly is the first single from the American pop punk group Cartel, taken from their debut album, Chroma. The single was released in 2006. The song was first featured on MTV Discover and Download throughout the summer months in the U. S. in 2006. The song was featured on the soundtrack for the film John Tucker Must Die. On December 21, 2006, the song was performed live on Total Request Live. The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015.


  1. honestly

    Honestly is the quality of being truthful, sincere, or genuine in communication or behavior. It involves telling the truth, refraining from lying or deceiving, and acting in a straightforward and trustworthy manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honestlyadverb

    honorably; becomingly; decently

  2. Honestlyadverb

    in an honest manner; as, a contract honestly made; to live honestly; to speak honestly


  1. Honestly

    "Honestly" is a song by Zwan. It was the first single from their album, Mary Star of the Sea. The song was written by Billy Corgan. The B-side "Number of the Beast" was used in the opening credits of the 2002 film Spun by director Jonas Åkerlund.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honestly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1557

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honestly' in Adverbs Frequency: #356

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honestly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honestly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of honestly in a Sentence

  1. Richard Branson:

    People have turned it into a race, it would be very dangerous to say turn it into a race. And the moment we have every boxed ticked, I will go up and then we will invite some of the people who have signed up to go with us — but we honestly don't see it as a race.

  2. Lorien Carter:

    Terrell just wanted to be loved, honestly ... and as a result, made some poor decisions, and I think that's something we can all relate to.

  3. Gigi Hadid:

    I'm an athletic person. But I love my body because I know what it's been through to be what it is. And honestly I'm not going to change for someone that is depressed about their life.

  4. The Blonde Jon:

    Honestly can’t wait for CHRISTMAS.

  5. Brooke Kittrell:

    I honestly cried, i was born and raised here and been through every storm the last 30 years, but this one seems to be doing more damage than we expected.

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