Adverbs exist to provide greater description to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Mostly, you can spot them by their -ly ending. Don't be fooled, though. They don't all have to end in -ly.
Magically is an adverb, but so is maybe. Ready to meddle in 50 of the most common adverbs that start with M? Then let's mentally maneuver down to the next section.
Here are 50 of the most commonly used M-adverbs today. Beside them is a short definition, as well as a few synonyms to expand your vocabulary even further:
crazily, insanely, frantically
in an enchanting or bewitching manner
marvelously, unusually, wondrously
in an exceptional or amazing manner
beautifully, gorgeously, splendidly
for the most part
chiefly, primarily, principally
to a great or intense degree
largely, hugely, considerably
in a manner that shows spite or intentional harm
hatefully, malevolently, nastily
in a way that is clear or obvious
markedly, conspicuously, strikingly
something done using physical labor
promoting only a small change
slightly, lightly, hardly
in a distinct or noticeable manner
distinctly, considerably, conspicuously
on a vast scale
heavily, densely, thickly
in a confident and competent manner
excellently, famously, magnificently
with regard to the physical world
physically, tangibly, palpably
in a way that relates to mathematical terms
analytically, numerically, scientifically
conceivably, feasibly, possibly
in a manner that has purpose or value
deliberately, consciously, knowingly
in or during the intervening time
something so small that it is almost insulting
contemptibly, insignificantly, meagerly
by means of machinery
for reasons relating to medicine
medicinally, therapeutically, restoratively
in a manner that is not easily forgotten
enduringly, extraordinarily, remarably
in a manner thought out in the mind, as opposed to spoken
intellectually, psychologically, inwardly
in a caring or compassionate manner
charitably, compassionately, kindly
in a manner that shows no feeling or pity
barbarously, heartlessly, cruelly
nothing more; just; only
barely, jsimply, solely
in a cheerful manner
joyfully, cheerfully, gleefully
in a metaphoric manner; not literally
figuratively, allegorically, metaphorically
something that is done in a systematic and orderly manner
neatly, accurately, cleanly
something being done with great attention to detail
thoroughly, assiduously, carefully
in the middle of a way or distance
halfway, averagely, intermediately
in a powerful manner
forcefully, strenuously, vigorously
in a moderate or pleasant manner
gently, delicately, moderately
in a martial manner
in a manner that shows little to no intellect
obliviously, foolishly, senselessly
to a small extent
basically, essentially, nominally
in a manner that includes divine intervention
wonderfully, admirably, amazingly
in an unhappy manner
sadly, dismally, cheerlessly
in error; wrongly
erroneously, falsely, badly
to an average extent
fairly, reasonably, passably
in a manner that is humble and not extreme
humbly, plainly, quietly
for a short time
briefly, immediately, instantly
relating to morals or ethics
properly, scrupulously, fairly
in a manner that connects to death or disease
unnaturally, gruesomely, weirdly
something that is done to a larger extent
also, better, further
besides, also, or in addition to what has been said
additionally, besides, likewise
the highest or greatest level
extremely, exceedingly, remarkably
generally, mainly, chiefly
with a pleasant or melodious sound
harmoniously, melodiously, mellifluously
in the same way
reciprocally, commonly, jointly
in a manner that's not understood or known
secretly, perplexingly, strangely
For even more adverbs to add to your lexicon, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!
They also like to modify adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "mightily" and "mindlessly."
We can get a little more specific than simply saying adverbs like to add more information. Let's take a closer look at what, mutually, they aim to do:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "madly" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "underground" describe the location of where something happened.
- Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "midway" describe when something took place.
- Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "mostly" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.
For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.
Let's look at 10 of the above M-adverbs merging together with other words to form a sentence:
- She magnificently emerged out of the sea.
- He maliciously provoked the other child into anger.
- Stephanie markedly improved her math average this semester.
- Yolanda meaningfully commented on Jorge's essay.
- He pardoned the sinner, mercifully.
- They memorably described their travels through Europe.
- She meticulously jotted down her favorite memories.
- He rather musically hummed that tune.
- They mutually agreed to put the past behind them.
- No one knows why he mysteriously vanished into the night.
If we're meant to be markedly meticulous in our writing, it's best to note that an overabundance of adverbs won't do us any good. They must be used moderately, as too many -ly words will make our prose appear clunky.
What is wonderful, however, is a bit of alliteration. If you'd like to pair up an M-adverb with an M-adjective, that might make for some wonderful poetry. As such, here are 20 Adjectives That Start With M.