rights

[ rahyts ]
/ raɪts /
Informal.

noun

(used with a plural verb) civil rights.

adjective

civil-rights: a rights worker.

Origin of rights

First recorded in 1895–1900

Related forms

an·ti·rights, noun, adjective

Definition for rights (2 of 2)

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

right righteous rightfulright rite wright write

Usage note

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for rights

Derived Forms

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 rights

right

In addition to the idioms beginning with right

  • right and left
  • right as rain
  • right away
  • right in the head
  • right off
  • right off the bat
  • right of way
  • right on
  • right out
  • right side of the tracks
  • right side, on someone's
  • right tack
  • right up one's alley

also see:

  • all right
  • all right for you
  • all right with one
  • by rights
  • come (right) out with
  • dead to rights
  • get right
  • give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
  • go right
  • go (right) through one
  • hang a left (right)
  • have a right to
  • have a screw loose (one's head screwed on right)
  • heart in the right place
  • hit (right) between the eyes
  • in one's own right
  • in one's right mind
  • in the right
  • left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
  • might makes right
  • not right in the head
  • (right) on the money
  • on the right foot
  • on the right tack
  • play one's cards right
  • price is right
  • put right
  • sail (right) through
  • serve one right
  • set right
  • set to rights
  • step in the right direction
  • strike the right note
  • that's right
  • turn out all right
  • two wrongs do not make a right
  • when it comes (right down) to

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