downright

[ doun-rahyt ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌraɪt /

adjective

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

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. downpour,
  2. downrange,
  3. downrate,
  4. downregulation,
  5. downrigger,
  6. downrightly,
  7. downriver,
  8. downs,
  9. downs, the,
  10. downscale

Origin of downright

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at down1, right

Related formsdown·right·ly, adverbdown·right·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for downright

downright

/ (ˈdaʊnˌraɪt) /

adjective

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

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.

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