all right

all right

yes; very well; OK: All right, I'll go with you.
(used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) OK?; do you agree?: We'll deal with this problem tomorrow, all right?
satisfactorily; acceptably: His work is coming along all right.
without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!
safe; sound: Are you all right?
satisfactory; acceptable: His performance was all right, but I've seen better.
Informal. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.
(a) bit of all right, British. quite satisfactory (used as an understatement): The way he saved that child's life was a bit of all right.

1100–50; orig. adv. phrase; compare Middle English al ri(g)ht indeed, straightway, at once, late Old English eall riht just (as)

all right, alright (see usage note at alright).

See alright. Unabridged


adjective Informal.
agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan.

1815–25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
all right
1.  adequate; satisfactory
2.  unharmed; safe
3.  slang (US) all-right
 a.  acceptable: an all-right book
 b.  reliable: an all-right guy
sentence substitute
4.  very well: used to express assent
5.  satisfactorily; adequately: the car goes all right
6.  without doubt: he's a bad one, all right

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Idioms & Phrases

all right

  1. Completely correct, as in You have a perfect scoreyour answers are all right. (It could just as well be put as "all your answers are right.")

  2. In proper or working order, in a satisfactory way, as in The engine is running all right now. [Late 1800s] Also see turn out all right.

  3. In good health, as in John had the flu, but he's all right now. [Early 1900s]

  4. Not injured, safe, as in It was just a minor accident and everyone is all right. [Early 1900s]

  5. Very well, yes, as in Do you want to leave now?All right, or All right, we'll stay home. [First half of 1800s] Also see all right with you.

  6. Certainly, without a doubt, as in It's late all right, but it will probably come today. [Mid-1800s]

  7. Hurrah! Good for you, as in All right! your team has done it again! [Slang; mid-1900s]

  8. Also, all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [Slang; mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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