Origin of whollyMiddle English holi: see whole and -y
Wholly is defined as completely or fully.
An example of something done wholly is learning everything possible about a subject.
- Completely; entirely: “The old American purposes are still wholly relevant” ( John F. Kennedy )
- Exclusively; solely.
From the Middle English word holliche. See also whole and -ly.
- The effort, while commendable, was not wholly successful.
- We are not wholly involved in Nature.
- But during the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out.
- The sense he wasn't wholly of this world returned.
- But Howie's abilities were wholly dependent on Quinn and his apparatus.