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Origin of all-right

First recorded in 1815–25

all right

  1. yes; very well; OK: All right, I'll go with you.
  2. (used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) OK?; do you agree?: We'll deal with this problem tomorrow, all right?
  3. satisfactorily; acceptably: His work is coming along all right.
  4. without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!
  1. safe; sound: Are you all right?
  2. satisfactory; acceptable: His performance was all right, but I've seen better.
  3. Informal. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.
  1. (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.

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)
Can be confusedall right alright (see usage note at alright)

Usage note

See alright. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for all-right

adequately, kosher, hunky-dory

Examples from the Web for all-right

Historical Examples of all-right

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for all-right

all right

adjective (postpositive except in slang use)
  1. adequate; satisfactory
  2. unharmed; safe
  3. all-right US slang
    1. acceptablean all-right book
    2. reliablean all-right guy
sentence substitute
  1. very well: used to express assent
  1. satisfactorily; adequatelythe car goes all right
  2. 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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