Who fucking knows anymore? First, it meant factual, and now it means fictional. What the fuck, internet... what the fuck?
wrong-->"Oh my god, Jessica, your post literally scared me to death" right--> "I literally wrote this post at 3:04 A.M."
by Deathmatch1127 April 14, 2015
a word with no meaning in today's USA.
Person 1: I am literally going to have a stroke if I see another tweet about fake news.
Person 2: Are you really? Should I call 911?

Person 1: Why would you call 911?
by DatJewishkid July 6, 2017
used to describe something that actually happens or exists. One of the most overused words in modern society. Not to be confused with figuratively, as this is the complete opposite.
Incorrect usage:

A: It was literally raining cats and dogs.

B: Really dipshit? How many scratches do you have?

Correct usage:
A: Dude, Justin Bieber literally has half a billion views on YouTube.
B: Shit, really? Now I know the world is coming to an end
by grammerpalice June 30, 2011
Actually; in fact; without exaggeration. The single most overused and incorrectly used word in the English language.
"I literally died laughing."
"He just texted me, omg I literally can't."
"I am literally over it."
"This is literally the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich anyone ever made."
"He is literally such a jerk."
"I was literally, like, almost about to cry."

Now, let's look at this word used correctly:
"I know you're lactose intolerant...don't worry, there's literally no dairy in my house."
"Kim Kardashian has done literally nothing to deserve fame or fortune."
"Kanye West literally thinks he is Jesus Christ."
by Deest March 10, 2017
A good way to show that you are a total drama queen twit is to use the term 'literally' to describe every mundane thing that you do in life
'dude.. i literally died'

'oh... its a shame you are literally still alive though'
by tom healey August 29, 2016
In real life--

Able to read and write.

In roleplaying--

A good roleplayer. Specifically, a literate roleplayer does not use chatspeak, spells word correctly, and has proper usage and grammar. Literates are less likely to be desperates or n00bs and generally roleplays well.

If you see a thread with "LITERATE ROLEPLAY/LITERATES ONLY" in the subject line, it means they only accept people who have good grammar.
1. The literacy rate is 97% in America, meaning 97% of Americans can read and write.

2. The difference between a literate roleplayer and an advanced roleplayer is that being advanced specifically states that you are good at writing (i.e. descriptions, characters) but literate just means you have good grammar, although they're often used interchangeably.
by Newbia April 10, 2005