(1). A grossly overused filler word whose only purpose is to attempt to make a statement seem smarter than including “um”, “uh” or other unintelligible word/sound.
“I swear I am going to unleash a pack of rabid squirrels on the next person that says basically!”
(2). An insipid word used to frame, initiate or clarify an opinion, statement, fact, or clarification.
“Our product will basically transform the way you engage with your customers.” It’s a product and it’s BASIC…..gee whiz!
Also see: literally and actually
Props to Brad for the submission!