What does literally mean?

Definitions for literally
ˈlɪt ər ə lilit·er·al·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word literally.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. literally(adverb)

    in a literal sense

    "literally translated"; "he said so literally"

  2. literally(adverb)

    (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration

    "our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf War"

Wiktionary

  1. literally(Adverb)

    word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor

    When I saw on the news that there would be no school tomorrow because of the snowstorm, I literally jumped for joy, and hit my head on the ceiling fan.

  2. literally(Adverb)

    used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)

  3. literally(Adverb)

    Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.

    You literally put it in the microwave for five minutes and it's done.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literally(adverb)

    according to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh

  2. Literally(adverb)

    with close adherence to words; word by word

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2440

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Adverbs Frequency: #291

How to pronounce literally?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say literally in sign language?

  1. literally

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of literally in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of literally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of literally in a Sentence

  1. Marine Cpl. Luke McDermott:

    It’s literally life-changing.

  2. Stanley Young:

    They literally ran out of excuses.

  3. Lenny Dykstra:

    I was literally in fear of my life.

  4. Tim Hoettges:

    Customer are literally flocking to us.

  5. John Czwartacki:

    That literally has no basis in reality.

Images & Illustrations of literally

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