- 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.
- agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan.
adjective (postpositive except in slang use)
- adequate; satisfactory
- unharmed; safe
- all-right US slang
- acceptablean all-right book
- reliablean all-right guy
- very well: used to express assent
- satisfactorily; adequatelythe car goes all right
- without doubthe’s a bad one, all right
Completely correct, as in You have a perfect score—your answers are all right. (It could just as well be put as “all your answers are right.”)
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.
In good health, as in John had the flu, but he’s all right now. [Early 1900s]
Not injured, safe, as in It was just a minor accident and everyone is all right. [Early 1900s]
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.
Certainly, without a doubt, as in It’s late all right, but it will probably come today. [Mid-1800s]
Hurrah! Good for you, as in All right! your team has done it again! [Slang; mid-1900s]
Also, all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [Slang; mid-1900s]