[ doun-rahyt ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌraɪt /


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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for downright


/ (ˈdaʊnˌraɪt) /


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.

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