[ awl-rahyt ]
/ ˈɔlˌraɪt /

adjective Informal.

agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan.


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Origin of all-right

First recorded in 1815–25

Definition for all-right (2 of 2)

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!


Origin 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)

usage note for all right

See alright.


all right alright (see usage note at alright) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for all-right

all right

adjective (postpositive except in slang use)

adequate; satisfactory
unharmed; safe
all-right US slang
  1. acceptablean all-right book
  2. reliablean all-right guy

sentence substitute

very well: used to express assent


satisfactorily; adequatelythe car goes all right
without doubthe's a bad one, all right
Also: alright

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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! [Slang; mid-1900s]


Also, all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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