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Idioms for right

Origin of right

before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English; Old English reht, riht; cognate with Dutch, German recht, Old Norse rēttr, Gothic raihts; akin to Latin rēctus, Old Irish recht law, Greek orektós upright; (v.) Middle English righten, Old English rihtan, cognate with Old Frisian riuchta, German richten, Old Norse rētta; (adv.) Middle English; Old English rihte

usage note for right

47. Right in the sense of “very, extremely” is either archaic or dialectal. It is most common in informal speech and writing: It's right cold this morning. The editor knew right well where the story had originated.

OTHER WORDS FROM right

right·a·ble, adjectivehalf-right, adjective, nounun·right·a·ble, adjectiveun·right·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH right

right righteous rightfulright rite wright write
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Example sentences from the Web for half-right

  • I was sure that in New York there resided the smartest people in the world, and I suppose I was half-right about that.

    How I Write: Scott Spencer|Noah Charney|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • I have seen the women this morning, and find them half-right, half- doubting.

    Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
  • That is, in military phrase, to make a "half-right—or left—turn."

    The Morris Book|Cecil J. Sharp
  • Then in firm tones, he commanded a half-right turn and a quick march.

    The Red Hand of Ulster|George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for half-right (1 of 2)

half-right

adjective

not entirely correctthey were only half-right

British Dictionary definitions for half-right (2 of 2)

Derived forms of right

righter, noun

Word Origin for right

Old English riht, reoht; related to Old High German reht, Gothic raihts, Latin rēctus
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Idioms and Phrases with half-right

right

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