"alright" meaning in English

Adjective

IPA: /ɔːlˈɹaɪt/ [UK], /ɒˈɹaɪt/ [UK] Audio: LL-Q1860 (eng)-Back ache-alright.wav [UK], en-us-alright.ogg [US] Rhymes: -aɪt
  1. 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)

Interjection

IPA: /ɔːlˈɹaɪt/ [UK], /ɒˈɹaɪt/ [UK] Audio: LL-Q1860 (eng)-Back ache-alright.wav [UK], en-us-alright.ogg [US] Rhymes: -aɪt
  1. Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance; OK. Tags: informal
    Categories (kind): English compound words
  2. A generic greeting; hello; how are you. Tags: Britain, informal
    Categories (kind): British English, Greetings Categories (other): British English, Greetings Synonyms: hello Related terms (greeting): alright me babber, alright me lover Disambiguation of 'greeting': 7 93

Alternative forms

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