Definition of totally in US English:

totally

adverb

  • 1Completely; absolutely.

    ‘the building was totally destroyed by the fire’
    as submodifier ‘they came from totally different backgrounds’
    • ‘It was a totally new experience for all on board and it also proved to be an arduous one.’
    • ‘He is not a big spinner of the ball anyway and this means he is totally reliant on the rough for any deviation.’
    • ‘She finally knew what it was like to be totally and utterly in love with one person.’
    • ‘My point is that infinity is a lot like zero in some ways, but in other ways is totally different.’
    • ‘In addition, it is a totally safe form of exercise, even for people who have injuries.’
    • ‘I totally understand why people want to march and protest against what we are doing.’
    • ‘He seemed like a nice enough man playing a role that he wasn't totally comfortable with.’
    • ‘It was puny, totally lacking in the requisite shot of caffeine direct to the brain.’
    • ‘If he is being absolutely and totally honest, what kind of honesty has he deployed up to now?’
    • ‘There is a lot of apathy at the club and the supporters are totally disenchanted.’
    • ‘All of them have been so varied and each one is always totally different form the last.’
    • ‘He thought it was totally insensitive to tie a bright yellow wrapper around the stones.’
    • ‘This idea is fine for those who live alone or as couples but is totally unworkable for families.’
    • ‘While that might be overstating the case just a little, it is by no means totally fanciful.’
    • ‘It had been feared that a strong wind from the east could have totally destroyed the window.’
    • ‘Instead, he became totally calm, relaxed and focused on the shot he was about to play.’
    • ‘We are totally devastated by her death and still cannot believe what has happened.’
    • ‘Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her she was totally and utterly spoilt.’
    • ‘In his denial, he treats a people as less than fully human and totally dishonours the dead.’
    • ‘By the fourth I was utterly alone and totally in the dark about where I was, so to speak.’
    completely, absolutely, entirely, wholly, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, altogether, one hundred per cent
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    1. 1.1informal Used to emphasize a clause or statement.
      ‘I'm sorry, I totally didn't mean it’
      ‘so then Julie, like, totally dumps her boyfriend Tommy’
      • ‘So we would totally just wear jetpacks and race them in the air.’
      • ‘Dude, she totally broke a shoe from the excitement.’
      • ‘Her head, like, totally hit the lockers on the walls with this loud clanging noise.’
      • ‘He totally just looked right at me!’
      • ‘"I totally didn't say that," she said, defensively.’
      • ‘I was next to him for a little while, and he was totally just as animated as everyone else.’
      • ‘Dude, he's totally just posting that so his blog will get linked to.’
      • ‘You totally said that to Mr. Roberts last week when he was running through the geography prep quiz in fourth period.’
      • ‘Do you find yourself on set ever saying, wait a minute, I totally said that to my mom earlier today.’
      • ‘You totally just contradicted yourself.’
      • ‘She totally laughed at me when she heard that I was helpless in the middle of town.’
      • ‘If it wouldn't freak everyone out, including ourselves, I'd totally kiss you right now.’
      • ‘And we totally kissed before I left which was awesome!’
      • ‘She totally cut in front of me.’
      • ‘One day I was driving to the store and I was trying to dial a number on my cell phone at the same time—and I totally hit a mailbox.’
      • ‘Claire totally did not need this.’
      • ‘We totally just made fun of a homeless guy.’
      • ‘It was pretty good, but the best part was the waiter totally hit on me.’
      • ‘He is, like, totally good in bed.’
      • ‘We get stuff done and we cover some ground but we have so much fun totally just girling it up.’
    2. 1.2informal as exclamation Used to express agreement.
      ‘“After all it's his mess, so let him clean it up.” “Totally!”’
      • ‘Yeah! Girl Power! Totally, that's what this film is about.’
      • ‘"Do you think that kind of stuff should be kept from the popular knowledge of younger skaters?" "Oh yeah, totally."’
      • ‘Oh my God, totally!’
      • ‘Totally, I think it's affecting everyone, whether it's Instant news from loads of perspectives, paying your bills or mail order brides, it's bonkers!’
      • ‘"They're an overrated team, totally," Ben nodded to himself.’
      • ‘Has she ever had a crush on someone and not told them? "Totally!" she laughs.’
      • ‘"Oh, totally," she replies without hesitation.’
      • ‘I was like, 'Yeah! Sure! Totally!'’
      • ‘I was saying to him that I don't usually like mashups where they just put one song into another, and he was like, Totally!’
      • ‘"So will you come?" "Oh, totally."’
      • ‘Totally man, the stickers are what I'm most looking forward to.’
      • ‘"Is that still a part of your life?" "Totally, dude."’
      • ‘Was this not a mid-life crisis of mega proportions? "Totally!" responds Stephenson.’
      • ‘I flashed him a smile as I chirped, "Totally!"’
      • ‘Oh yeah, totally, without a doubt.’
      • ‘Oh totally, Rowan is like every girl out there.’
      • ‘"Totally," agreed Maddie, beginning to unpack right then.’
      • ‘Yeah, totally, you're completely right.’
      • ‘Yeah, totally, it's so different.’
      • ‘Yes, totally, I know he is not the best actor in the world.’

Pronunciation

totally

/ˈtoʊdli//ˈtōdlē/