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or aight [ahyt] or [ah-ahyt]

What does ight mean?

If you’re hanging in there, having a good time, or if you’re just a decent human, you’re ightIght is black colloquial English for all right.

Related words

gots, yeet, holler, hell to the naw, nawf, woke, ignant, poppin’, stupid fresh

Where does ight come from?

Ight is a variant of aight, itself a variant of the adjective, adverb, and interjection all right as pronounced in colloquial Black English. It resulted from a series of what linguists call elision, or leaving out sounds. So, in colloquial Black English, all right became aight [ah-ahyt], which was further shortened to ight.

The spellings aight and ight date to the 1990s, though almost certainly found in speech well before then. One early example of aight in pop culture can be found in the song “I’m Looking for the One (To Be With Me)” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). On it, Smith raps: “You feeling’ aight? You feelin’ aright? …Well next time bring a friend with you / So (they can feel the same way too).” The song reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped introduce the form aight to a wider audience.

Ight is recorded online in the late 1990s, the shortened spelling perhaps influenced by Doug E. Fresh’s track “I-ight,” first released in 1993.

Into the 1990s, aight and ight were frequently featured in popular black culture, especially music and TV. With growing mainstream popularity of hip-hop music in the 2000s, ight or aight went more mainstream, although remained closely associated with black culture.

Aight/ight notably appeared in the lyrics of hip-hop artist Blueface’s popular 2018 track “Deadlocs,” which begins: “Blueface, baby / On the dead locs / Yeah, aight.”

Examples of ight

They ‘aight sneakers. I’m still going to buy them just because of the style.
Chris Fierro quoted by Jordan Frias, Boston Herald, February 2019
I been expressing my feelings to strong 😭. And I’m actually tired of it. So imma just hit y’all with “oh fasho” “oh, Ight bet ”
@globalvivoo, February 2019

Who uses ight?

Ight and aight are typically heard in colloquial Black English and writing, especially in hip-hop and on social media. Other colloquial variations of all right include a’ight, ‘ight, a-ight, all meant to point back to the original all right.

Like the original all right, ight can be an interjection expressing affirmation, assent, or enthusiasm, à la OK, e.g., Ight, I’ll you meet you there. or You got the tickets to the concert! Ight! 

Similarly, ight can be used as a discourse marker, especially to introduce a new subject or express a skeptical attitude about a topic, e.g., Ight, you sure you’re going to stick to that diet.

Ight, also like all right, can be used as an adjective (e.g., This food is ight) or adverb (We did ight).

Ight is informal in writing. It’s closely associated with black vernacular english, and so, use of it by people outside that community may be considered a form of cultural appropriation.

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