Definition of metaphorically in US English:



  • In a way that uses or relates to metaphor; figuratively.

    ‘speaking metaphorically, my dad said I'd just won the lottery’
    ‘he seems, literally and metaphorically, lost’
    • ‘He approached this metaphorically at first, teaching the kids such skills as urban rappelling, which is using ropes to descend the faces of buildings.’
    • ‘The materials themselves link metaphorically to her theme.’
    • ‘Each photograph is, metaphorically, an honored piece taken from the rubble of experience.’
    • ‘The results of his trancelike actions are metaphorically rich.’
    • ‘He wanted to explore the idea of what a palindrome is, at least metaphorically speaking.’
    • ‘By the time we slow a little into a patch of sharkless blue, I am pumped with adrenaline and metaphorically rubbing my eyes in disbelief.’
    • ‘He was slightly stupid looking, with a big mouth, both physically and metaphorically.’
    • ‘Instead of devoting all their available time and attention to advancing the claim, at least some of them are bound, metaphorically, to be looking behind them.’
    • ‘Within the flux of reciprocity, either everything becomes metaphorically figured or everything has the reality effect of the literal.’
    • ‘The contemporary art world is, metaphorically speaking, haunted.’