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alright

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adverb or adjective al·right \(ˌ)ȯl-ˈrīt, ˈȯl-ˌ\

Definition of alright



Usage Discussion of alright

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>.

1810

First Known Use of alright

1810



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