Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Sincerely; genuinely: We are truly sorry for the inconvenience.
  • adv. Truthfully; accurately: reported the matter truly.
  • adv. Indeed: truly ugly.
  • adv. Properly: not truly civilized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately.
  • adv. Honestly, genuinely, in fact, really.
  • adv. Very.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a true manner; according to truth; in agreement with fact.
  • adv. Exactly; justly; precisely; accurately.
  • adv. Sincerely; honestly; really; faithfully; ; the citizens are truly loyal to their prince or their country.
  • adv. Conformably to law; legally; legitimately.
  • adv. In fact; in deed; in reality; in truth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a true manner; in accordance with truth.
  • With truth; truthfully; rightly.
  • Exactly; accurately; precisely; correctly; unerringly; unmistakably; justly.
  • Naturally; with truth to nature.
  • Sincerely; faithfully; loyally; constantly; honestly.
  • Certainly; surely.
  • Verily.
  • According to law; legitimately.
  • In deed; in truth; in reality; in fact: often used emphatically, sometimes expletively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. by right
  • adv. with sincerity; without pretense
  • adv. in accordance with truth or fact or reality
  • adv. in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)

Etymologies

From true +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

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  • 'Truly Scrumptious' - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

    February 11, 2008