Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a definite manner; in a manner showing complete certainty.
  • adv. In a manner that shows no emotion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a flat manner; evenly; horizontally; without spirit; dully; frigidly.
  • adv. peremptorily; positively; plainly; forthrightly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a flat manner.
  • Without spirit; dully.
  • Without hesitation or disguise; plainly; peremptorily; positively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an unqualified manner

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Examples

  • Saying No flatly is more uncomfortable at first, but consequences are less painful later. ontario frog |

    words of wisdom

  • "Bravura technology and dazzling effects can't overcome the film's shortcomings: Standard plot, poorly conceived villain flatly played by Kevin Spacey, and similarly wooden performance from newcomer Brandon Routh (who lacks humor) in all of his roles."

    Filmstalker: Superman Returns slips in reviews

  • Tulisia said the word flatly, with no inflection, not quite able to believe it had even been voiced.

    Darkness of the Light

  • And he said, flatly, that is because of the stimulus, the stimulus that President Obama has put him in charge of implementing, Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Oct 30, 2009

  • Well, I pressed Tony Snow and since he's calling flatly the Democratic plan a recipe for defeat, I asked him, four years later, what is the recipe for success?

    CNN Transcript Mar 19, 2007

  • There is certain a number of such incidents - the over-dubbed flatly-intoned Spanish poetry recitations in particular never coming to life on the screen - but this is well balanced with a viewpoint that shows a human side to the characters and the mutual attraction between several extreme and driven personalities.

    DVD Times

  • Commuters who are trying to contact bus transport companies on landline numbers are either not finding any recipient or those who attend their calls flatly denying them booking of their seats.

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  • Its loss helped create a whole new category of business by providing an opportunity for a kind of flatly partisan talk radio programming that had not previously existed.

    Nelson Davis: Blah, Blah, Blah, It's A Business

  • A little hard to chime in on the outrage when Bloomsbury is making the kind of flatly commercial decision that we're always being told we should make when shaping our work.

    This Week in Publisher Gossip: Untrustworthy Narrators and Publishers

  • "Jack puddings, " Harper said flatly, meaning officers.

    Sharpe's Havoc

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  • stavros flatly

    April 21, 2009

  • What I really want to share with you all is Stavros Flatly. But I can't work out how to put an external link on Wordie like you all seem able to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gHvATmUsSg

    April 21, 2009

  • Tom stamped his foot and said "That's enough flatly".

    March 18, 2009

  • "I fell out of my 10th storey apartment," said Tom flatly.

    March 18, 2009

  • Penelope Black said "Flatly, I was first".

    March 18, 2009

  • "I've just been trampled by a flock of elephants", said Ted flatly.

    March 18, 2009

  • "I love Irish dancing, especially on Saint Patrick's Day", said Michael flatly.

    March 18, 2009

  • "I collect stamps", said Tom flatly.

    March 18, 2009