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

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  • That's reet; naa then, doff that coite, and hev a soup o' tay.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • "Bessie, you're reet clipt and heeled for sure," responded her companion.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Addressing his donkey, Besom Ben said: "Iv thae'd been reet done to, thae met ha' bin a carriage horse bi neaw!"

    Lancashire Humour Thomas Newbigging
  • I ha' na getten no reet to no soart o' pleasure, I dare say.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I've heerd foak ca' him one; an' if his cloas fit him reet, he mun be one, I suppose.

    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
  • As a factory worker, listening outside, observed, "She spun it reet fine!"

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • 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
  • "Yo' think I ha' no reet to care for sich things," and she dropped hat and ribbon on her knee with an angry gesture.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "That's just reet," said Pinder, when his wife bote hur tung i' two!

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
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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