Really vs Reely - What's the difference?

really | reely |

As adverbs the difference between really and reely

is that really is (lb) actually; in fact; in reality while reely is .

As an interjection really

is indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information; to express skepticism.




(en adverb)
  • (lb) Actually; in fact; in reality.
  • :
  • Very (modifying an adjective); very much (modifying a verb).
  • :
  • *, chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
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  • *:There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs;.
  • Usage notes

    * Like its synonyms, really is, in practice, often used to preface an opinion, rather than a fact. (See also usage notes for .) : Increasingly people are recognising what's really important is having children. '>citation


    * (actually) actually, in fact, indeed, truly * (sense) so




    (en interjection)
  • Indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information; to express skepticism.
  • A: He won the Nobel Prize yesterday.
    B: Really?
  • Indicating that what was just said was obvious and unnecessary; contrived incredulity
  • A: I've just been reading Shakespeare - he's one of the best authors like, ever!
    B: Really .
  • (colloquial, chiefly, US) Indicating affirmation, agreement.
  • A: That girl talks about herself way too much.
    B: Really . She's a nightmare.
  • Indicating displeasure at another person's behaviour or statement.
  • Well, really ! How rude.


    * you don't say, no kidding, oh really, no really





  • * {{quote-book, year=1880, author=Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), title=Roughing It, Part 6., chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=But mind you, there ain't anything ever reely lost; everything that people can't understand and don't see the reason of does good if you only hold on and give it a fair shake; Prov'dence don't fire no blank ca'tridges, boys. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1897, author=W. W. Jacobs, title=More Cargoes, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="'Shame,' ses most of 'em; an' I reely b'leeve they'd worked theirselves up to that pitch they'd ha' felt disappointed if the skipper had been saved. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1903, author=Harry Leon Wilson, title=The Lions of the Lord, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Thought you was a milishy man, I tell you, from the careless way you hollered--one of Brockman's devils come back a-snoopin', and I didn't crave trouble, but when I saw the Lord appeared to reely want me to cope with the powers of darkness, why, I jest gritted into you for the consolation of Israel. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=George Meredith, title=The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And it reely was the penitent on his two knees, not the lover on his one. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, author=Caroline Lockhart, title='Me-Smith', chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=If he ever reely hit you with that fist of his'n, it ud sink in up to the elbow. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, author=William Makepeace Thackeray, title=The History of Samuel Titmarsh, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Both your son and your daughter-in-law, ma'am, are of that uncommon sort; they are, now, reely , ma'am." }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1916, author=Boyd Cable (Ernest Andrew Ewart), title=Action Front, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Private Flannigan looked over his shoulder at him, "Mong capitaine," he said, "you ought, you reely ought, to ring up your telephone; turn the handle round an' say something." " }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1918, author=Francis Barton Fox, title=The Heart of Arethusa, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="She ain't seen him for more'n a month reely , but I reckon it does seem 'most a year to her." }}