Literally

  • 1 literally — Few words have the capacity to cause such mirth: • My grandfather, King George VI, who had literally been catapulted onto the throne Prince Edward as quoted in Private Eye, 1998. There will always be occasions when this type of hilarity is best… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 literally — [lit′ər əl ē] adv. in a literal manner or sense; specif., a) word for word; not imaginatively, figuratively, or freely [to translate a passage literally] b) actually; in fact [the house literally burned to the ground ]: now often used as an… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Literally — Lit er*al*ly, adv. 1. According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh. [1913 Webster] 2. With close adherence to words; word by word. [1913 Webster] So wild and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 literally — index faithfully, verbatim Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 literally — 1530s, in a literal sense, from LITERAL (Cf. literal) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Erroneously used in reference to metaphors, hyperbole, etc., even by writers like Dryden and Pope, to indicate what follows must be taken in the strongest admissible sense… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 literally — [adv] word for word; exactly actually, completely, correctly, direct, directly, faithfully, indisputably, letter by letter*, literatim, not figuratively, plainly, precisely, really, rightly, rigorously, sic*, simply, straight, strictly, to the… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 literally — ► ADVERB 1) in a literal manner or sense. 2) informal used for emphasis (rather than to suggest literal truth) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 literally — 01. The players were [literally] dripping wet after the two hour practice. 02. The [literal] meaning of starving is dying of hunger, but people often use it to mean they are very hungry. 03. The views of the city from the top of the mountain are… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 literally — [[t]lɪ̱tərəli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV with cl/group (not last in cl), ADV before v (emphasis) You can use literally to emphasize an exaggeration. Some careful speakers of English think that this use is incorrect. We ve got to get the economy under… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 literally — /lit euhr euh lee/, adv. 1. in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally? 2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally. 3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed. 4. in …

    Universalium

  • 11 literally —    All too often used as a kind of disclaimer by writers who mean, literally, the opposite of what they are saying. The result is generally excruciating: Hetzel was literally born with a butchers knife in his mouth (Chicago Tribune); After a slow …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 12 literally — lit|e|ral|ly S2 [ˈlıtərəli] adv 1.) according to the most basic or original meaning of a word or expression ▪ The name of the cheese is Dolcelatte, literally meaning sweet milk . ▪ I said I felt like quitting, but I didn t mean it literally (=I… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 literally — lit|er|al|ly [ lıt(ə)rəli ] adverb ** 1. ) used for showing that what you are saying is really true and not just an impressive way of describing something: Now there are literally thousands of companies using our software. a ) used when you are… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 literally */*/ — UK [ˈlɪt(ə)rəlɪ] / US adverb 1) a) used for showing that what you are saying is really true and is not just an impressive way of describing something Now there are literally thousands of companies using our software. b) used when you are… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 literally — lit•er•al•ly [[t]ˈlɪt ər ə li[/t]] adv. 1) in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally?[/ex] 2) in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally[/ex] 3) actually: The city was literally destroyed[/ex] 4) cvb in… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 literally — /ˈlɪtrəli/ (say litruhlee), /ˈlɪtərəli/ (say lituhruhlee) adverb 1. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally. 2. in the literal sense: parachutists dropping in, literally. 3. (an intensifier) a. (applied to a literal meaning):… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 literally — adverb in a literal manner or sense. ↘informal used for emphasis while not being actually true: we literally killed ourselves laughing. Usage In its standard use literally means ‘in a literal sense’. In recent years an extended use of literally… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 literally — [ˈlɪt(ə)rəli] adv 1) used for showing that what you are saying is really true Now there are literally thousands of companies using our software.[/ex] 2) used when you are describing something in an extreme way that cannot be true When I told him… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 literally — adverb Date: 1533 1. in a literal sense or manner ; actually < took the remark literally > < was literally insane > 2. in effect ; virtually < will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice Norman Cousins > Usage …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 literally — adverb 1. in a literal sense (Freq. 5) literally translated he said so literally • Ant: ↑figuratively • Derived from adjective: ↑literal 2. (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration …

    Useful english dictionary