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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Composer Michael Giacchino’s score harks back to '70s and '80s sci-fi TV themes, the animation is downright phenomenal at times, Sox is totally the new Baby Yoda, and the narrative mines a lot of comedy at the expense of the overly serious Buzz. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 The duel with the guitarist was remarkable, with the two of them first trading, then meshing into some dissonances that were downright avant-garde. Michael J. West, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 Playful dressing ought to be encouraged, if not downright mandatory. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 9 June 2022 On a day when the Ravens’ passing game was downright awful and more defensive players had touches than receivers because of knocked down passes, rookie tight end Charlie Kolar had two exceptional catches over the middle. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 8 June 2022 Testers agreed that the dual-density EVA midsole—softer, low density underfoot and firmer, medium density on the sides—felt downright stiff. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 With a tone that was smart, whimsical and occasionally downright silly, Bloom County examined events in politics and culture from the viewpoint of an idyllic small town in Middle America. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 For instance, increasingly popular suggestions to perform self-care can seem downright silly to a responsible employee who is facing deadlines, dilemmas and equivalent distress at home. Liz Kislik, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 If the rest of Skeletal Lightning, out July 22, is half as full of emo-pop wonder as this single, the album will be downright inspiring. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If Fine Line offered blasts of euphoria, Harry’s House is more downright fun — a well-rounded, effervescent crowd-pleaser that exhales when past projects tried to gulp air. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 19 May 2022 Behind the numbers are stories of mentally ill inmates who were neglected, isolated and, in some instances, treated with downright cruelty. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 13 May 2022 The third season definitely unraveled a bit in the second half, leading to mixed or downright negative critical reactions. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 May 2022 The idea that diners need to come into restaurants with more respect has gained traction over the pandemic, a period that has seen a rise in impatient, prickly, demanding, and downright abusive behavior. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 So far this earnings season, investors are in a downright bearish mood, punishing companies that report top- or bottom-line misses, or those that disclose a less than rosy full-year forecast. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 That mystery ultimately proves less compelling than the scenarios themselves, which range from mildly off-putting to downright stomach-turning — but which are always fiendishly well-constructed. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 For colorful prints and playful details, look no further than Alice McCall’s assortment of downright fun dresses. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2022 But that’s an escape from the continuing influence and downright domination of Trump’s leadership of the Republican Party. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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