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

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. Chantal Bryan:

    We're literally looking through his eyes.

Images & Illustrations of literally

  1. literallyliterallyliterally

Popularity rank by frequency of use

literally#1#7921#10000

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