Still vs Honestly - What's the difference?

still | honestly |

As a noun still

is .

As an adverb honestly is

(manner) in an honest manner.

As an interjection honestly is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Related to (l).

Alternative forms

* (l) * (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)


  • Not moving; calm.
  • Still waters run deep.
  • Not effervescing; not sparkling.
  • still''' water; '''still wines
  • Uttering no sound; silent.
  • * Addison
  • The sea that roared at thy command, / At thy command was still .
  • (not comparable) Having the same stated quality continuously from a past time
  • * {{quote-news, 2007, January 3, Gerry Geronimo, Unwanted weed starts to sprout from a wayward ponencia, Manila Standard citation
  • , passage=To follow the still President’s marching orders, all that Secretary Ronnie Puno has to do is to follow the road map laid out by Justice Azcuna in his “separate” opinion. }}
  • Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.
  • * Bible, 1 Kings xix. 12
  • a still small voice
  • (obsolete) Constant; continual.
  • * Shakespeare
  • By still practice learn to know thy meaning.
    * (not moving) fixed, stationary, unmoving * See also
    Derived terms
    * stillness


  • (aspect) Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • It hath been anciently reported, and is still received.
  • * , chapter=15
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.}}
  • *
  • Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • (degree) To an even greater degree.
  • ("still" and "taller" can easily swap places here)
  • * Shakespeare
  • The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed.
  • (conjunctive) Nevertheless.
  • * Moore
  • As sunshine, broken in the rill, / Though turned astray, is sunshine still .
  • (archaic, poetic) Always; invariably; constantly; continuously.
  • * 1609 (William Shakespeare), Troilus and Cressida 5.2.201-202:
  • Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion.
  • * Addison
  • The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should be thrown away in private.
  • * Boyle
  • Chemists would be rich if they could still do in great quantities what they have sometimes done in little.
  • (extensive) .
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Sarah Glaz
  • , title= Ode to Prime Numbers , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.}}
    * (up to a time) yet * (to an even greater degree) yet, even * (nevertheless) nonetheless, though, yet


    (en noun)
  • A period of calm or silence.
  • the still of the night
  • (photography) A non-moving photograph. (The term is generally used only when it is necessary to distinguish from movies.)
  • (slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.
  • A steep hill or ascent.
  • Etymology 2

    Via (etyl), ultimately from (etyl) stilla


    (en noun) (wikipedia still)
  • a device for distilling liquids.
  • (catering) a large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.
  • (catering) the area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee, separate from the main kitchen.
  • A building where liquors are distilled; a distillery.
  • See also
    * pot still

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) stillan


    (en verb)
  • to calm down, to quiet
  • to still the raging sea
  • * Woodward
  • He having a full sway over the water, had power to still and compose it, as well as to move and disturb it.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With his name the mothers still their babies.
  • * Hawthorne
  • toil that would, at least, have stilled an unquiet impulse in me

    Etymology 4

    Aphetic form of distil, or from (etyl) (lena) stillare.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To trickle, drip.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.ii:
  • any drop of slombring rest / Did chaunce to still into her wearie spright [...].
  • To cause to fall by drops.
  • To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.
  • (Tusser)






    (en adverb)
  • (manner) In an honest manner.
  • He answered the questions honestly .
  • (speech act) Frankly.
  • Honestly , I didn't believe a word she said.


    (en interjection)
  • Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.


    * really