Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Sincerely; genuinely.
  • adverb Truthfully; accurately.
  • adverb Indeed.
  • adverb Properly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From true +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • "Among those who are truly wise," she said, her voice giving emphasis to the word _truly_.

    The Allen House

  • Not that her expression truly mattered, for she changed it as she changed hats, selecting them to augment whatever aura she wished to project.

    One Night in Scotland

  • I am so sorry to learn that the old John McCain truly is gone forever.

    Bill Clinton Stumps for Challenger in Georgia Senate Runoff - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • (Too Soon), a follow up to his I Bought Andy Warhol, because I find the title truly heart-breaking and a real Warhol puzzler.

    David Finkle: Books, Books and More Books, or Tote That Bookbag

  • The Mandy of the title truly is the star of the film, as almost all of the adults underplay their scenes with her to help her shine brighter.

    Mandy (1952) | Happy Share

  • Perhaps Harper has some insight that says Martin truly is innocent in this mess, so he has to head Gomery off at the pass.

    brain trust

  • Moreover, in this conceptual cognition, the referent object of the label truly established existence exists (namely, truly established existence).

    Introductory Survey of Objects of Cognition: Gelug Presentation

  • The Faith Women were notorious for keeping news of the outside world away from the retreat, and word of Tacit and the revolt in Pell—which was the first time his name truly began to be spoken—could not possibly have reached her.

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

  • The Faith Women were notorious for keeping news of the outside world away from the retreat, and word of Tacit and the revolt in Pell—which was the first time his name truly began to be spoken—could not possibly have reached her.

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

  • The Faith Women were notorious for keeping news of the outside world away from the retreat, and word of Tacit and the revolt in Pell—which was the first time his name truly began to be spoken—could not possibly have reached her.

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

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

    February 11, 2008