downright

adverb
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

downright

adjective

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

Adjective

downrightly adverb
downrightness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downright

Synonyms: Adjective

abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious

Antonyms: Adjective

circuitous, mealymouthed

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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

Instead, Goldschmidt has been meh with the bat, DeJong started hot but has cooled off since, and Carpenter has been downright dreadful. The Si Staff, SI.com, "What Did We Get Right and Wrong About the First Half of the 2019 Season?," 11 July 2019 For anyone who’s spent hours of their lives stuck on the phone with an unhelpful or downright rude customer service agent, Cogito may seem like a godsend. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "This AI Software Is 'Coaching' Customer Service Workers. Soon It Could Be Bossing You Around, Too," 8 July 2019 His awkward swing makes Jim Furyk’s look downright conventional. Tad Reeve, Twin Cities, "Tad Reeve: Longtime friends share 3M Open’s spotlight," 8 July 2019 In fact, in the midst of volatile markets, being downright dull can prove the recipe for investment. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "And the No. 1 Stock-Fund Manager Is…," 8 July 2019 Any claim that the national female players aren’t worth as much to the league now, or to the sport generally, at this point sound not just sexist and dated but downright crazy. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US team just won the Women’s World Cup—and boosted its case for equal pay," 7 July 2019 His second jump shot was blocked, and his mechanics looked downright rickety. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Zion Williamson Lives Up to the Hype, at Least for One Night," 6 July 2019 Portland is, according to these shows, anyway, downright hot and bothered. oregonlive.com, "What TV and movies say about Oregon: We’ve got sex on the brain, weirdos, and tons of supernatural creatures," 5 July 2019 And the outfield still sets up nicely, downright fun to watch. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Giants are fun again, and that’s half the battle," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That sounds downright pleasant to residents of cooler climes and does not capture the lethal menace of the weather phenomenon. M.d., The Economist, "What is a heatwave?," 28 June 2019 This holds especially true for the tale of Benedict Wells, the 34-year-old German wunderkind who survived a downright Dickensian childhood before emerging as a cultural sensation in his native country. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 This onslaught of coverage comes with its downsides, though, like rumors that range from mildly annoying to downright offensive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Conspiracy Theories So Ridiculous You Have to Laugh," 18 July 2018 Then there is the downright weirdness of the state’s Republican leadership. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 The effort is downright Trumpian – a billionaire with strong views, a blunt message, and a taste for big rallies and engaging with voters. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "A campaign for impeachment that’s downright Trumpian," 13 June 2018 The sequence is thrilling, but a scene that somewhat mirrors it in the sequel is downright eye-popping. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "How ‘The Incredibles’ Got an Upgrade," 13 June 2018 These weddings have run from low-key to downright hole-in-corner affairs. Patt Morrison, latimes.com, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Every so often there come certain songs with messaging that is downright tone-deaf, which does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Rita Ora Responds to 'Girls' Backlash: 'I Have Had Romantic Relationships with Women and Men'," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of downright

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for downright

downright

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downright

: to the fullest degree : completely or totally

downright

adverb
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.

downright

adjective

Kids Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

: outright entry 2 sense 1, absolute a downright lie

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