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[toht-l-ee] /ˈtoʊt l i/
wholly; entirely; completely.
Origin of totally
1500-10; total + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for totally
  • Every once in awhile, a totally innovative product comes along that completely wows us.
  • The millennium computer bug is totally predictable in its timing, but completely unpredictable in its effects.
  • It totally disarmed me and at the same time made me feel completely embraced.
  • Some people are totally immobilized, and others recover completely.
  • He's essentially a guy who does a single that you must either buy completely or reject totally.
  • The old ways should not be totally dismissed either.
  • The notion of driverless vehicles is not totally absurd.
  • The idea of a totally automated society seems pretty inhumane.
  • Kudzu is totally out of control, and there is no easy or inexpensive way to stop it.
  • Crunchy on the outside, creamy and nutty inside, these fries are totally over the top.
Word Origin and History for totally

c.1500, from total (adj.) + -ly (2).

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


  1. Destroyed; wrecked completely: The totaled car made you wonder how they survived the wreck (1954+)
  2. Stuporous from narcotics, liquor, etc; stoned, wasted (1960s+)

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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