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

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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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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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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