• (British, America) IPA: /ˈsaʊnd.lɪ/


  1. In a thorough manner; in manner free of defect or deficiency.
    He was soundly thrashed by the semi-professional boxer.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i], page 16 ↗, column Pro.}} Let them be hunted ſoundly : At this houre / Lies at my mercy all mine enemies :{{...}:
    • 1847 October 15, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter IV, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], OCLC 3163777 ↗, pages 42–43 ↗:
      Mrs. Reed soon rallied her spirits: she shook me most soundly, she boxed both my ears, and then left me without a word.
    • 1899, William George Aston, A History of Japanese Literature, page 272:
      The wedding company, fatigued with their enjoyment of the previous night, slept soundly late into the next morning.
    • 1911, L. D. Biagi, The Centaurians, Ch. I:
      My gold carried little weight with him, he was sincerely fond of me and consequently rated me soundly for all indiscretions, declaring I would regret wasting the best years of my life and deadening my vast talents […]
Synonyms Translations

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.014
Offline English dictionary