Meaning of to be honest in English:

to be honest


  • Speaking frankly.

    ‘to be honest, I expected to play worse’
    • ‘I never really thought it would happen and, to be honest, I still don't think it will.’
    • ‘It's about an hour after the game and I'm still in a state of shock, to be honest.’
    • ‘To say I broke my foot playing football is, to be honest, stretching the truth somewhat.’
    • ‘I get involved in spite of myself and, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.’
    • ‘It could've been a lot better, to be honest, but it was easily the most interesting thing on the box.’
    • ‘I'd never been in one before, and to be honest, I didn't have a clue what you were meant to do.’
    • ‘Now I notice that every other car in the car park is silver and, to be honest, I hate the colour.’
    • ‘We all had big plans but, to be honest, how many people know what they want to be when they are 15?’
    • ‘I was not on my best form and, to be honest, all that really interested me was the prospect of food.’
    • ‘It was always good fun and, to be honest, felt more like a party game than anything difficult.’
    • ‘I could do with saving the money that I would have spent on the train fare, to be honest.’
    • ‘‘To be honest it was all just about money,’ he said.’
    • ‘‘To be honest I had forgotten all about it,’ said Mr Pedley.’
    • ‘To be honest, it was hard for me to understand why people wanted me to hold the exhibition.’
    truthfully, really, truly, actually, to be honest, to tell you the truth, to be frank, speaking truthfully, speaking frankly, in all honesty, in all sincerity, in plain language, in plain English