thorough; absolute; out-and-out: a downright falsehood.
frankly direct; straightforward: a downright person.
Archaic. directed straight downward: a downright blow.


completely or thoroughly: I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.

Origin of downright

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at down1, right
Related formsdown·right·ly, adverbdown·right·ness, noun

Synonyms for downright Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of downright

  • Phim sticks to it, too; tells me my peg is downright encouragement to the bacteria.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Life here is laborious, but downright want I should say rare.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We stumbled into the household at a crisis, and there was a deal of downright humanity in that same.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • For my part, I call that downright countenancing of iniquity.

  • As a rule the downright, headstrong, and impatient became reformers.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for downright



frank or straightforward; bluntdownright speech
archaic directed or pointing straight down

adverb, adjective (prenominal)

(intensifier)a downright certainty; downright rude
Derived Formsdownrightly, adverbdownrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downright

c.1200, "straight down," from down (adv.) + right (adj.1). Meaning "thoroughly" attested from c.1300. Old English had dunrihte "downwards," and inverted form right-down is attested 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper