all right

all right

adverb
1.
yes; very well; OK: All right, I'll go with you.
2.
(used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) OK?; do you agree?: We'll deal with this problem tomorrow, all right?
3.
satisfactorily; acceptably: His work is coming along all right.
4.
without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!
adjective
5.
safe; sound: Are you all right?
6.
satisfactory; acceptable: His performance was all right, but I've seen better.
7.
Informal. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.
Idioms
8.
(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.

Origin:
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).


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all-right

[awl-rahyt]
adjective Informal.
agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan.

Origin:
1815–25

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all right
 
adj
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
 
adv
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]

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