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[hahr-tl-ee] /ˈhɑr tl i/
in a hearty manner; cordially:
He was greeted heartily.
sincerely; genuinely:
He sympathized heartily with their plight.
without restraint; exuberantly; vigorously:
They laughed heartily.
with a hearty appetite:
The campers ate heartily.
thoroughly; completely:
I'm heartily sick of your complaining.
Origin of heartily
1250-1300; Middle English hertili. See hearty, -ly
Related forms
overheartily, adverb
quasi-heartily, adverb
superheartily, adverb
unheartily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heartily
  • The reader can disagree heartily with such a prediction but probably make some of his own along the same lines.
  • The light went out for them, and they became bitter apostates of what they once believed in so heartily.
  • He laughs heartily and frequently in a ha-ha-ha staccato.
  • No wonder he's laughing ubiquitously and so heartily.
  • The audience, happy to do its part, applauded heartily through numerous curtain calls.
  • Food experts heartily list and promote its delightful qualities.
  • Children patted the dog and kissed him, and several picked up his paws and shook them heartily.
  • Every single point you brought out has been refuted heartily.
  • They had no choice but to giggle, as if heartily amused.
  • They've been feeding heartily on guessing who his characters are.
British Dictionary definitions for heartily


thoroughly or vigorously: to eat heartily
in a sincere manner: he congratulated me heartily on my promotion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartily

c.1300, from hearty + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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