down·​right | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌrīt How to pronounce downright (audio) \

Definition of downright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : straight down
2 : absolutely sense 1a downright handsome downright mean
3 obsolete : forthright



Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : directed vertically downward
2 : outright, thorough a downright lie
3 : plain, blunt stories he had heard of her downright tongue— Angus Wilson

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Other Words from downright


downrightly adverb
downrightness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downright

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of downright in a Sentence

Adverb The movie was downright stupid. It's very difficult, if not downright impossible. Adjective rural folks are often known for their downright speech, as they are generally not ones to beat around the bush that's a downright lie, and you know it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Something unpleasant or downright terrible surfaces and quicker than a 280-character tweet, a star goes from admired to vilified. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 16 July 2021 Youthful, fresh, and downright fun, Sawai’s look was a thrill ride. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 21 June 2021 What transformed Venus—a near twin of Earth in size and composition—into such an unearthly and downright apocalyptic state? Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 The heat in many areas is downright dangerous, prompting excessive heat warnings in seven states where temperatures will be hazardous to human health., 15 June 2021 This kind of disconnect is confusing and downright dangerous. David Vetter, Forbes, 18 May 2021 There’s also a new streetwear label out of Pakistan who is also championing South Asian culture—and its pieces are just downright cool, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 May 2021 Then there are moments like this -- where a confluence of outside events are overlapping in unpredictable, if not downright frightening, ways. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2021 The contents of Judge Merryday’s opinion, when one reads its 124 pages through, are worrisome if not downright scary. Charles Tiefer, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And that’s an attractive option — a downright necessity for some people. Denise Hamilton, NBC News, 16 July 2021 One of the most compelling characters in the series is Miss Minutes, a cartoon clock who is relentlessly cheerful and downright creepy. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 July 2021 One great option available at a downright whistle-inducing tag is this Picnic Perfect tote, which is discounted from $399 down to $149. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021 One great option available at a downright whistle-inducing tag is this Picnic Perfect tote, discounted from $399 down to $149—a savings of $250! Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Elevate Your Cooking with Canned Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Crab, and Other Amazing Seafood(Artisan Books, $24.95), really does tap into the versatility and downright sophistication of tinned seafood. Dallas News, 21 June 2021 The tone of Adam Levine and company’s seventh LP is downright elegiac. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 For people at Fox who were used to winning for years, this was disorienting, and for some downright terrifying. Brian Stelter, CNN, 8 June 2021 Elon Musk with Tesla was the first auto chief to recognize this, and that was little surprise, given his status as an outsider, an industry neophyte and a downright once-in-a-century iconoclast. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of downright


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Downright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downright

: to the fullest degree : completely or totally


down·​right | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌrīt How to pronounce downright (audio) \

Kids Definition of downright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: really sense 2, very That was downright stupid.



Kids Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

: outright entry 2 sense 1, absolute a downright lie

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