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"good, proper, excellent," 1934, jazz slang, from American English dialectal pronunciation of right (adj.).

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  • "Bessie, you're reet clipt and heeled for sure," responded her companion.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "I mak' no doubt as you're reet, Dick," said Matthew, meekly.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Now, if 'night' is 'nicht,' why is 'right' 'reet'—either 'the noo' or at any other time?

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann
  • I ha' na getten no reet to no soart o' pleasure, I dare say.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • What mowtn't be reet fur other lasses to do, is reet enow fur me.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • And I never knowed her to be wrong in aught else, so I'm ready to give in as she was reet about that.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "That's just reet," said Pinder, when his wife bote hur tung i' two!

    Lancashire Sketches

    Edwin Waugh
  • I've found a hum for 'e, and a reet good 'un, an' ye'r to go to-night.

    Her Benny Silas Kitto Hocking
  • That's reet; naa then, doff that coite, and hev a soup o' tay.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • I've been at her a goodish bit to-day, an' I think I've gotten her put all reet at last.'

Slang definitions & phrases for reet



(also reet and compleat) Good; proper; excellent; right: With her good looks, she was still ''reet'' with me/ looking extremely reet and compleat (1930s+ Jazz musicians)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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