Definition of flatly in English:

flatly

adverb

  • 1Showing little interest or emotion:

    ‘‘You'd better go’ she said flatly’
    • ‘‘We don't have that,’ said the employee on Bleeker Street flatly, deciding it wasn't worth the time to even check his computer.’
    • ‘‘She's not interested,’ she replied flatly, picking up her cello and unlatching the case.’
    • ‘But a Downing Street spokeswoman said flatly: ‘We haven't made any announcement and we are not going to make any announcement.’’
    • ‘‘I don't have to give you an explanation,’ she said flatly.’
    • ‘‘Don't shoot,’ he said, flatly, then looked out at a knot of junipers and some rusted machine parts sticking out of the bunch grass.’
    • ‘The camera focuses again on the officials who continue reading at great length but flatly, bureaucratically, without interest.’
    • ‘Finally, I broke away from his level, dark blue gaze and said flatly, ‘What do you want?’’
    • ‘He said it flatly, without emotion, but a muscle ticked in one side of his jaw.’
    • ‘‘I never had any interest in lecturing,’ he says flatly.’
    • ‘But when I asked Joel how the weather would affect the alpine moorlands, he said, flatly, ‘It is not raining.’’
    • ‘But Ms. Newman was not laughing when she stated flatly that it was not in her interest to jump into a job like this only to get them through a bad time and to move on.’
    • ‘Damien answered flatly as he refilled his cup with the dark liquid from the coffee pot, ‘You obviously don't remember what happened, do you?’’
    • ‘‘I was really self-destructive,’ he says flatly.’
    • ‘‘It's over,’ claims one Cabinet Minister flatly.’
    • ‘‘I have no memory of my mother,’ she said flatly, her voice devoid of emotion.’
    • ‘She said it flatly, a matter-of-fact statement, completely without emotion.’
    • ‘‘As you wish,’ he replied flatly and stepped out into a spot of dim light.’
    • ‘‘Pumps haven't worked since Nixon was in office,’ she said flatly.’
    • ‘Another analyst with a keen interest in the budget for over a decade said flatly the budget statement is nonsense.’
    • ‘‘It's not my book, it's Carrie's,’ she said flatly, and turned away.’
  • 2In a firm and unequivocal manner; absolutely:

    ‘they flatly refused to play’
    • ‘Nobody loves an unfeminine female who quarrels with her boss, who flatly contradicts the men around her, who insists upon the rightness of her own notions.’
    • ‘The law firm flatly dismisses this.’
    • ‘Only a few have flatly refused to go to Egypt, she said.’
    • ‘On other subjects his actions flatly contradict his words.’
    • ‘The department would also act as underwriter for people who are flatly refused cover by private firms.’
    • ‘A further 7% flatly refused to take their healthy snack in the first place.’
    • ‘When he approached local experts in the city, they flatly refused.’
    • ‘He flatly refused an offer of cut-price salmon for cash, saying: ‘Thanks but no thanks.’’
    • ‘My previous advisor flatly refused, and that's why I left his lab, and it's also why I have a gap in my CV.’
    • ‘This is, however, flatly contradicted by historical review, current doctrine, and common practice.’
    • ‘She flatly refused high office, for socio-political causes meant more to her.’
    • ‘These are half-truths and lies, which flatly contradict previous statements.’
    • ‘Many auto operators flatly refuse to go to certain places.’
    • ‘All of this evidence flatly contradicted the claims that there was a wave, trend, or epidemic of school violence.’
    • ‘His evidence not only flatly contradicted the testimony of the other defendants, it implicated the top echelons of the football club in a conspiracy to mislead the court.’
    • ‘I had just flatly refused to talk to anybody for a few days but Beverly came knocking at my door.’
    • ‘For the many real world victims, the realities of domestic violence flatly contradict such stereotypes.’
    • ‘We have thrown lots of ideas at the highways authority and they have flatly refused them all.’
    • ‘When Gareth first asked if I wanted to give a pint, I flatly refused.’
    • ‘The congressman says he flatly opposes ‘privatization’.’
    bluntly, directly, straight, straightforwardly, frankly, candidly, forthrightly, openly, explicitly, unequivocally, unambiguously, unmistakably, plainly, clearly, flatly, positively, certainly, decisively, categorically, outright
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  • 3In a smooth and even way:

    ‘I applied the paint flatly’
    • ‘Food, jewelry and other vignettes were rather flatly painted, like signs.’
    • ‘Throughout, Baer laid the paint down flatly and evenly, and she made no effort to hide the texture of the canvas.’
    • ‘Sometimes the white lines ricochet in circular motions; others emanate from floating geometric forms that are pierced by flatly painted openings.’
    • ‘When I first saw the show, I was most excited about the bravura Red Highrise, but on returning, I grew more intrigued with other, more flatly painted works.’
    • ‘The 21 works shown here range in scale and medium from her signature cabinet-size egg temperas on panel to larger, flatly painted oils on canvas, which are the most recent.’
    • ‘In this full-length picture, her toddler grandson floats against a flatly painted, baby blue field.’
    • ‘Featuring many flatly painted coats of variously toned acrylic, Roberts' delicate grayish fields evoke shifts and gradations of dawn or evening light.’
    • ‘Painter John Wesley is known for his flatly painted, cartoonish canvases of figures and animals.’
    1. 3.1Photography Without marked contrast of light and dark:
      ‘the photographs were lit very flatly’

Pronunciation

flatly

/ˈflatli/