What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[foo l-ee, foo l-lee] /ˈfʊl i, ˈfʊl li/
entirely or wholly:
You should be fully done with the work by now.
quite or at least:
Fully half the class attended the ceremony.
Origin of fully
before 900; Middle English, Old English. See full1, -ly
Related forms
quasi-fully, adverb
unfully, adverb Unabridged
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  • When fully mature, the fruit has bright orangish yellow skin and juice.
  • Royal jelly turns an ordinary worker egg into a fully functioning queen bee.
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British Dictionary definitions for fully


to the greatest degree or extent; totally; entirely
amply; sufficiently; adequately: they were fully fed
at least: it was fully an hour before she came
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fully

Old English fullice "entirely, perfectly, completely;" see full (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fully



Really; certainly: That was fully the best movie I've ever seen/ He was fully flailing on the guitar. You were fully doggin' him about his hair (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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