Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

downright

[doun-rahyt]
See more synonyms for downright on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. thorough; absolute; out-and-out: a downright falsehood.
  2. frankly direct; straightforward: a downright person.
  3. Archaic. directed straight downward: a downright blow.
Show More
adverb
  1. completely or thoroughly: I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.
Show More

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

See more synonyms for downright on Thesaurus.com
2. candid, forthright, open, frank, blunt.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for downright

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

downright

adjective
  1. frank or straightforward; bluntdownright speech
  2. archaic directed or pointing straight down
Show More
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
  1. (intensifier)a downright certainty; downright rude
Show More
Derived Formsdownrightly, adverbdownrightness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for downright

adv.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper