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[awl-rahyt] /ˈɔlˌraɪt/
adjective, Informal.
agreeable, acceptable, or commendable:
an all-right plan.
Origin of all-right
First recorded in 1815-25

all right

yes; very well; OK:
All right, I'll go with you.
(used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) OK?; do you agree?:
We'll deal with this problem tomorrow, all right?
satisfactorily; acceptably:
His work is coming along all right.
without fail; certainly:
You'll hear about this, all right!
safe; sound:
Are you all right?
satisfactory; acceptable:
His performance was all right, but I've seen better.
Informal. reliable; good:
That fellow is all right.
(a) bit of all right, British. quite satisfactory (used as an understatement):
The way he saved that child's life was a bit of all right.
1100-50; orig. adv. phrase; compare Middle English al ri(g)ht indeed, straightway, at once, late Old English eall riht just (as)
Can be confused
all right, alright (see usage note at alright)
Usage note
See alright. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for all-right
Historical Examples
  • There was none of that sure, all-right look of the Americans about her.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • "You're an all-right young woman," Big Belt managed to remark.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • So he began to help; and then, when he found that this be all-right, he try to move them all alone.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • You see, he'd bite Trevor all-right, wharas I has to diet myself, and my menu is sort of complete.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • all-right; I weel mak' you run de buffalo, shoot dose elk, trap de castor, an you shall shake de han' wid de grizzly bear.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • But, all the same, wherever that Sage-Brush Hen was, there was dead sure to be an all-right cyclone.

    Santa F's Partner Thomas A. Janvier
  • He was an all-right fellow, and if there's been any rusty work done down there in the breaks, this shifty-eyed mark done it.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • He arranged a plan, but his friends would not await the blue-jay's 'all-right' note, and the deer escaped.

    The Trail of the Sandhill Stag Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • I've seen 'all-right' men like you hitting the hurry trail for the boneyard before now.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • There are hundreds of strange beliefs and spiritual systems, each claiming to be all-powerful, all-right.

    Think Col. Wm. C. Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for all-right

all right

adjective (postpositive except in slang use)
adequate; satisfactory
unharmed; safe
(US, slang) all-right
  1. acceptable: an all-right book
  2. reliable: an all-right guy
sentence substitute
very well: used to express assent
satisfactorily; adequately: the car goes all right
without doubt: he's a bad one, all right
Also alright
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for all-right



Good; commendable; of the proper sort Most often used of persons: all-right guys trying to make a living

all right


Yes; I agree: All right, I'll go when you want


An exclamation of strong approval, esp of something well done or successful; way to go

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with all-right

all right

Completely correct, as in You have a perfect score—your answers are all right. (It could just as well be put as “all your answers are right.”)
In proper or working order, in a satisfactory way, as in The engine is running all right now. [ Late 1800s ]
Also see: turn out all right
In good health, as in John had the flu, but he's all right now. [ Early 1900s ]
Not injured, safe, as in It was just a minor accident and everyone is all right. [ Early 1900s ]
Very well, yes, as in Do you want to leave now?—All right, or All right, we'll stay home. [ First half of 1800s ]
Also see: all right with you
Certainly, without a doubt, as in It's late all right, but it will probably come today. [ Mid-1800s ]
Hurrah! Good for you, as in All right! your team has done it again! [ ; mid-1900s ]
Also,all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [ ; mid-1900s ]
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