Definitions

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  • adj. Real, true, actual.
  • adv. Honest; truly, really; used to emphasize that a statement is true.
  • adv. Truly, really.

Etymologies

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Compare swear to God. Originally used as a sentence adverb or interjection, modifying entire clauses or utterances; honest itself is used this way, as in “Honest, I had no idea!” (meaning “I'm telling the truth, I had no idea!”).

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