"alright" meaning in English

See alright in All languages combined, or Wiktionary

Adjective

IPA: /ˌɔːlˈɹaɪt/, /ɔːˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /ɒˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /əˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial] Audio: LL-Q1860 (eng)-Back ache-alright.wav [UK], en-us-alright.ogg [US]
Rhymes: -aɪt Etymology: From all + right. Compare Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), equivalent to al- (“all”) + right. Etymology templates: {{root|en|ine-pro|*h₃reǵ-}}, {{compound|en|all|right}} all + right, {{cog|ang|eallriht||all-right, just, exactly}} Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), {{prefix|en|al|right|t1=all}} al- (“all”) + right Head templates: {{en-adj|-}} alright (not comparable)
  1. (often proscribed) Alternative form of all right; satisfactory; okay; in acceptable order. Tags: alt-of, alternative, not-comparable, often, proscribed Alternative form of: all right (extra: satisfactory; okay; in acceptable order)
    Sense id: alright-en-adj-xQnnOjOo Categories (other): English terms prefixed with al- Disambiguation of English terms prefixed with al-: 27 23 27 22 Synonyms: acceptable, adequate, fine, satisfactory Derived forms: bit of alright
The following are not (yet) sense-disambiguated
Synonyms: aight [African-American-Vernacular-English, UK], all right, alrite, awright, oright, o-rite, orite

Adverb

IPA: /ˌɔːlˈɹaɪt/, /ɔːˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /ɒˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /əˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial] Audio: LL-Q1860 (eng)-Back ache-alright.wav [UK], en-us-alright.ogg [US]
Rhymes: -aɪt Etymology: From all + right. Compare Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), equivalent to al- (“all”) + right. Etymology templates: {{root|en|ine-pro|*h₃reǵ-}}, {{compound|en|all|right}} all + right, {{cog|ang|eallriht||all-right, just, exactly}} Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), {{prefix|en|al|right|t1=all}} al- (“all”) + right Head templates: {{en-adv|-}} alright (not comparable)
  1. (often proscribed) Alternative form of all right. Tags: alt-of, alternative, not-comparable, often, proscribed Alternative form of: all right
    Sense id: alright-en-adv-Di~aUuTT Categories (other): English terms prefixed with al- Disambiguation of English terms prefixed with al-: 27 23 27 22
The following are not (yet) sense-disambiguated
Synonyms: aight [African-American-Vernacular-English, UK], all right, alrite, awright, oright, o-rite, orite

Interjection

IPA: /ˌɔːlˈɹaɪt/, /ɔːˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /ɒˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial], /əˈɹaɪt/ [colloquial] Audio: LL-Q1860 (eng)-Back ache-alright.wav [UK], en-us-alright.ogg [US]
Rhymes: -aɪt Etymology: From all + right. Compare Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), equivalent to al- (“all”) + right. Etymology templates: {{root|en|ine-pro|*h₃reǵ-}}, {{compound|en|all|right}} all + right, {{cog|ang|eallriht||all-right, just, exactly}} Old English eallriht (“all-right, just, exactly”), {{prefix|en|al|right|t1=all}} al- (“all”) + right Head templates: {{en-interj}} alright
  1. (informal) Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance; OK. Tags: informal
    Sense id: alright-en-intj-dmfQeVXJ Categories (other): English terms prefixed with al- Disambiguation of English terms prefixed with al-: 27 23 27 22
  2. (UK, informal) A generic greeting; hello; how are you. Tags: UK, informal Categories (topical): Greetings
    Sense id: alright-en-intj-OfpFxkS1 Disambiguation of Greetings: 7 7 5 81 Categories (other): British English, English terms prefixed with al- Disambiguation of English terms prefixed with al-: 27 23 27 22 Synonyms: hello Related terms (greeting): alright me babber, alright me lover Disambiguation of 'greeting': 7 93
The following are not (yet) sense-disambiguated
Synonyms: aight [African-American-Vernacular-English, UK], all right, alrite, awright, oright, o-rite, orite Derived forms: alrighty Related terms: Some distinguish between alright and all right by using alright to mean "fine, good, okayall correct". Alternatively (english: and all right to mean; or in addition to the previous), Alright may be used as an interjection akin to (english: OK), whilst all right is used in the sense of "unharmed, healthy", The contracted term is considered nonstandard by Garner's Modern American Usage and American Heritage Dictionary. Indeed, the Oxford English Dictionary notes that although analogous forms exist in words such as already, altogether and always (english: and, indeed, although!), "the contracted form is strongly criticized in the vast majority of usage guides, but without cogent reasonsalright remains nonstandardstill regarded as being unacceptable in formal writing". Other dictionaries and style manuals also consider it incorrect (english: . The Oxford Dictionaries also conclude that; and that it is), less correct than all right

Alternative forms

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        {
          "ref": "1662 : Cantus, songs and fancies, to three, four, or five parts, both apt for voices and viols : with a brief introduction to musick, as is taught by Thomas Davidson, in the Musick-School of Aberdene by Thomas Davidson, iii. sig. B/1",
          "text": "Where ever I go, both to and fro\nYou have my heart alright."
        },
        {
          "ref": "1922 February, James Joyce, “[chapter 18]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483",
          "text": "[…]if I went by his advices every blessed hat I put on does that suit me yes take that thats alright the one like a wedding cake standing up miles off my head[…]",
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        },
        {
          "ref": "1932 : \"Goodbye, Christ\" by Langston Hughes",
          "text": "You did alright in your day, I reckon—\nBut that day's gone now."
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        {
          "ref": "4 May 1939, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, London: Faber and Faber Limited, OCLC 715577589; republished London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1960, OCLC 867955333, part I, page 40",
          "text": "Bladyughfoulmoecklenburgwhurawhorascortastrumpapornanennykocksapastippatappatupperstrippuckputtanach, eh? You have it alright.",
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        },
        {
          "ref": "2000 : House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, page 105",
          "text": "\"You're alright Johnny,\" she said in a way that actually made him feel alright. At least for a little while."
        }
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        "(often proscribed) Alternative form of all right; satisfactory; okay; in acceptable order."
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      "word": "alrite"
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    {
      "word": "awright"
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      "word": "o-rite"
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      "ipa": "/əˈɹaɪt/",
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      "word": "alright me babber"
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      "word": "Some distinguish between alright and all right by using alright to mean \"fine"
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      "word": "healthy\""
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    },
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    },
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    },
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        "(informal) Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance; OK."
      ],
      "tags": [
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      ]
    },
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        "English informal terms"
      ],
      "glosses": [
        "A generic greeting; hello; how are you."
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      "ipa": "/ˌɔːlˈɹaɪt/"
    },
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      "ipa": "/ɔːˈɹaɪt/",
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    {
      "word": "awright"
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