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downright

adverb down·right \ -ˌrīt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of downright

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

Examples of downright in a Sentence

  1. The movie was downright stupid.

  2. It's very difficult, if not downright impossible.

Recent Examples of downright from the Web

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First Known Use of downright

13th century


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downright

adjective

Definition of downright

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

downrightly

adverb

downrightness

noun

Examples of downright in a Sentence

  1. rural folks are often known for their downright speech, as they are generally not ones to beat around the bush

  2. that's a downright lie, and you know it

Recent Examples of downright from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'downright.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of downright

1530


DOWNRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

downright

adverb

Definition of downright for English Language Learners

  • : to the fullest degree : completely or totally


DOWNRIGHT Defined for Kids

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downright

adverb down·right \ ˈdau̇n-ˌrīt \

Definition of downright for Students

:really 2, very
  • That was downright stupid.

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downright

adjective

Definition of downright for Students

:2outright 1, absolute
  • a downright lie


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