From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhonestlyhon‧est‧ly /ˈɒnəstli $ ˈɑːn-/ ●●○S3 adverb 🔊 🔊 1TRUEused to emphasize that what you are saying is true, even though it may seem surprising 🔊 I honestly don’t know how old my parents are. 🔊 I can honestly say that I never worry about him now.2spokenANNOYSHOCK used when you are shocked or annoyed by something someone has said or done syn really 🔊 Honestly! Do you ever listen?3spokenTRUE used to try to make someone believe that what you have just said is true 🔊 It wasn’t me, honestly!4HONESTin an honest way syn truthfully 🔊 Tell me honestly, Kate, what do you think of John? 🔊 We talked openly and honestly. 🔊 ‘No, I don’t, ’ she answered honestly.
Examples from the Corpus
honestly• I was going to give you it back, honestly.• Pleasefill out the questionnaire as honestly as possible.• I honestly can't think of anything we wanted that this holiday didn't provide.• I knew it was wrong but I honestly could not make myself say yes to that man.• I honestly don't know.• I honestly don't think we'll be in court all day tomorrow.• Dorothy and I love the city, although our children have quite honestly had some problems.• Oh honestly! I don't know why I even bother.• Honestly, it makes no difference to me where we have the wedding.• I don't honestly know why he agreed to do the film, except that all he wanted was a fifteen-minute deathscene.• How could she honestly make this pigheaded man see sense?• But then, she admittedhonestly, so could she!• I can't believe people honestlyteased you about that.• Honestly, they didn't hear that from me.• He honestly thought it was all right.• He needs to talk honestly with Billie.