downright

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, equivalent to down- +‎ right.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

downright (comparative more downright, superlative most downright)

  1. Directed vertically; coming straight down.
  2. Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.
  3. Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.
  4. Complete; absolute; utter.

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Adverb[edit]

downright (not comparable)

  1. Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.
    He wasn't just cool to me, he was downright rude.
  2. Straight down; perpendicularly.
  3. Without delay; at once.
    • Arbuthnot
      She fell downright into a fit.

Usage notes[edit]

"Downright" is used to intensify or emphasize the following adjective, which usually refers to some negative quality.

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