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all right

adjective

Simple Definition of all right

  • : fairly good

  • : acceptable or agreeable

  • : suitable or appropriate

Full Definition of all right

  1. 1 :  satisfactory, agreeable <whatever you decide is all right with me>

  2. 2 :  safe, well <he was ill but he's all right now>

  3. 3 :  good, pleasing —often used as a generalized term of approval <an all right guy>

Usage Discussion of all right

Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing <the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein>.

Examples of all right

  1. The quality of his work is all right but not outstanding.

  2. Her first movie was pretty bad but her second one was all right.

  3. Is it all right to leave early?

  4. Is this movie all right for children?

  5. He was very sick but now he's all right again.

  6. Are you hurt? No, I'm all right.

  7. She was upset when her boyfriend left, but she's all right now.



1808

First Known Use of all right

1808

Rhymes with all right

affright, air right, airtight, albite, Albright, alight, all-night, a mite, aright, backbite, backlight, bauxite, bedight, birthright, black light, bleed white, bobwhite, bombsight, box kite, calcite, campsite, catfight, cockfight, contrite, cordite, Cushite, daylight, deadlight, delight, dendrite, despite, dogfight, downlight, downright, droplight, dust mite, earthlight, excite, eyebright, eyesight, fanlight, felsite, ferrite, finite, fire blight, firefight, firelight, first night, fistfight, flashlight, fleabite, floodlight, foresight, forthright, fortnight, freewrite, frostbite, Gadite, gall mite, gaslight, gastight, ghostwrite, goethite, graphite, green light, gummite, gunfight, half-light, halite, Hamite, handwrite, headlight, highlight, hindsight, Hittite, homesite, hoplite, Hussite, ignite, illite, infight, in-flight, incite, indict, indite, insight, in sight, invite, jacklight, jadeite, key light, lamplight, late blight, leucite, Levite, lighttight, lignite, limelight, lintwhite, lowlight, Lucite, Luddite, lyddite, marmite, Melchite, Memphite, midnight, millwright, moonlight, New Right, night-light, nitrite, off-site, off-white, on sight, on-site, outright, outsight, partite, peep sight, penlight, perlite, playwright, polite, preflight, prizefight, pyrite, quartzite, ratite, recite, red light, red-light, requite, respite, rewrite, rushlight, rust mite, safelight, samite, searchlight, Semite, Servite, Shemite, Shiite, shipwright, sidelight, sit tight, skintight, skylight, skywrite, slant height, smectite, snakebite, snow-white, sound bite, spaceflight, spotlight, stage fright, starlight, sternite, sticktight, stoplight, streetlight, stylite, sulfite, sunlight, Sunnite, taillight, termite, thermite, tonight, torchlight, trothplight, Twelfth Night, twilight, twi-night, typewrite, unite, unsight, upright, uptight, wainwright, watch night, wax light, Web site, weeknight, wheelwright, white flight, white knight, x-height, zinc white


2

all right

adverb

Simple Definition of all right

  • : fairly well : well enough

  • : beyond doubt

  • —used to express pleasure or excitement

Full Definition of all right

  1. 1 :  beyond doubt :  certainly <she has pneumonia all right>

  2. 2 —used interjectionally especially to express agreement or resignation or to indicate the resumption of a discussion <all right, we can do that if you want> <all right, let's go>

  3. 3 :  well enough :  satisfactorily <does all right in school>

Usage Discussion of all right

Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing <the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein>.

Examples of all right

  1. She does all right in school.

  2. The engine was sputtering when I started it, but it's running all right now.

  3. How's your father? He was pretty sick, but he's doing all right now.



Circa 1811

First Known Use of all right

circa 1811


ALL RIGHT Defined for Kids

1

all right

adverb

Definition of all right

  1. 1 :  fairly well :  well enough <She does all right in school.>

  2. 2 —used to show agreement, acceptance, annoyance, reluctance, pleasure, or excitement <Well, all right. Go if you must.> <You got the job? All right!>




2

all right

adjective

Definition of all right

  1. 1 :  not ill, hurt, or unhappy :  well <Did you cut yourself? No, I'm all right.>

  2. 2 —used to tell someone not to be concerned <Calm down. Everything is all right.>

  3. 3 :  within acceptable limits of behavior <Is it all right if I go now?>

  4. 4 :  suitable or appropriate <Is this movie all right for children?>

  5. 5 :  fairly good :  satisfactory <As an artist, he's all right.>





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