Definition of flatly in English:

flatly

adverb

  • 1Showing little interest or emotion.

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

    ‘they flatly refused to play’
    • ‘This is, however, flatly contradicted by historical review, current doctrine, and common practice.’
    • ‘These are half-truths and lies, which flatly contradict previous statements.’
    • ‘He flatly refused an offer of cut-price salmon for cash, saying: ‘Thanks but no thanks.’’
    • ‘She flatly refused high office, for socio-political causes meant more to her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he approached local experts in the city, they flatly refused.’
    • ‘Many auto operators flatly refuse to go to certain places.’
    • ‘Only a few have flatly refused to go to Egypt, she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The law firm flatly dismisses this.’
    • ‘On other subjects his actions flatly contradict his words.’
    • ‘A further 7% flatly refused to take their healthy snack in the first place.’
    • ‘When Gareth first asked if I wanted to give a pint, I flatly refused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The department would also act as underwriter for people who are flatly refused cover by private firms.’
    • ‘All of this evidence flatly contradicted the claims that there was a wave, trend, or epidemic of school violence.’
    • ‘We have thrown lots of ideas at the highways authority and they have flatly refused them all.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this full-length picture, her toddler grandson floats against a flatly painted, baby blue field.’
    • ‘Food, jewelry and other vignettes were rather flatly painted, like signs.’
    • ‘Featuring many flatly painted coats of variously toned acrylic, Roberts' delicate grayish fields evoke shifts and gradations of dawn or evening light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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/