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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Still, society has not always been open to Candomblé – and at times downright hostile. Kiratiana E. Freelon, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Jan. 2022 The family’s two-bedroom apartment had always felt tight, and downright claustrophobic with the kids home from school all day., 20 Mar. 2021 By his second impeachment trial in February 2021, in the wake of January 6, questioning the leader cult had become downright dangerous. Ruth Ben-ghiat, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 In turn, the iPhone 13 Pro can take gorgeous macro photos that would have seemed downright impossible even a few years ago. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 Apr. 2022 Add with wind gusts -- nearing hurricane intensity in some places -- and poor visibility, and travel can become downright dangerous. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 29 Jan. 2022 When it was born six years ago, Sling TV seemed downright radical., 2 Aug. 2021 All in one look, those elements could make for a disaster, but Tinashe pulls it off with more than aplomb; this gown is downright stunning. ELLE, 4 Apr. 2022 The result is colorful, chunky, salty, buttery, sweet and downright amazing. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The job might be thankless (according to two-time host Chevy Chase) or downright career suicide, but hosting the Academy Awards remains a proverbial blue check, cementing the men and women brave enough to accept in the annals of Hollywood history. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 If this reminder to loosen up nods to where Ashe is going, her next chapter should be a downright blast. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2022 Garfield bounces across the screen with the energy of a child on a trampoline; his downright kinetic performance is a flutter and flush of gestures, limbs jerking and flailing in all directions. New York Times, 16 Feb. 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 20 May. 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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