Alright and All Right Definition and Meaning: What Does Alright Mean?

all `right′


1. yes; very well: All right, I'll go with you.

2. (used as an interrogative) do you agree?: We'll meet tomorrow, all right?

3. satisfactorily; acceptably: Her work is coming along all right.

4. without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!


5. safe; sound: Are you all right?

6. acceptable; passable: His performance was all right.

7. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.

all right



a. In proper or satisfactory operational or working order: checked to see if the tires were all right.

b. Acceptable; agreeable: Delaying the repair is all right by me.

c. all-right (ôlrt) Informal Satisfactory; good: an all-right fellow; an all-right movie.

2. Correct: Your answers are all right.

3. Average; mediocre: The performance was just all right, not remarkable.

4. Uninjured; safe: The passengers were shaken up but are all right.

5. Fairly healthy; well: I am feeling all right again.


1. In a satisfactory way; adequately: I held up all right under pressure.

2. Very well; yes. Used as a reply to a question or to introduce a declaration: All right, I'll go.

3. Without a doubt: It's cold, all right.

Usage Note of Alright

The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.

Despite the appearance of the form alright in works of such well-known writers as Langston Hughes and James Joyce, the single word spelling has never been accepted as standard. This is peculiar, since similar fusions such as already and altogether have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Consequently, one who uses alright, especially in formal writing, runs the risk that readers may view it as an error or as the willful breaking of convention.

What Does Alright Mean?

Adj.1. alright - nonstandard usage

satisfactory - giving satisfaction; "satisfactory living conditions"; "his grades were satisfactory"

Adv.1. alright - without doubt (used to reinforce an assertion); "it's expensive all right"

all right

2. alright - an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence

all right, fine, OK, very well

3. alright - in a satisfactory or adequate manner; "she'll do okay on her own"; "held up all right under pressure"; (`alright' is a nonstandard variant of `all right')

O.K., okay, all right

colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

alright, all right

Usage: The single-word form alright is still considered by many people to be wrong or less acceptable than all right. This is borne out by the data in the Bank of English, which suggests that the two-word form is about twenty times commoner than the alternative spelling.

Usage Discussion of ALRIGHT

The one-word spelling alright appeared some 75 years after all right itself had reappeared from a 400-year-long absence. Since the early 20th century some critics have insisted alright is wrong, but it has its defenders and its users. It is less frequent than all right but remains in common use especially in journalistic and business publications. It is quite common in fictional dialogue, and is used occasionally in other writing <the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein>.

First Known Use of ALRIGHT


“All Right” and “Alright”

Which one is correct? Is it “all right” as two words or “alright” as one word? Well, as grammarian Bill Walsh puts it in his book Lapsing Into a Comma, “We word nerds have known since second grade that alright is not all right”. He was talking about “alright” as one word. It’s not OK.

Another style guide agrees, saying that “alright” (one word) is a misspelling of “all right” (two words), which means “adequate,” “permissible,” or “satisfactory.” So you might hear the two-word phrase in sentences such as these: “His singing was just all right” or “Is it all right if I wait outside?”

It seems pretty simple: go ahead and use “all right” as two words, and stay away from “alright” as one word. But the esteemed Brian Garner notes that “alright” as one word “may be gaining a shadowy acceptance in British English.” And the American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style seems to contradict itself. It states that “alright” as one word “has never been accepted as standard” but it then goes on to explain that “all right” as two words and “alright” as one word have two distinct meanings. It gives the example of the sentence “The figures are all right.” When you use “all right” as two words, the sentence means “the figures are all accurate.” When you write “The figures are alright,” with “alright” as one word, this source explains that the sentence means “the figures are satisfactory.” I’m not sure what to make of this contradiction. The many other grammar sources I checked, including a large dictionary, reject “alright” as one word. Language is always in flux, so perhaps “alright” as one word is gaining a small footing.


An alternate spelling of all right.

Although sometimes considered improper English, it is a completely logical contraction. The words altogether and already are similar contractions that are widely accepted.

Alright isn't a word for uneducated. It'll be a real English word in dictionaries a few years down the road.

People that criticize the use of the word "alright" have no real ground, and most people from time to time are guilty of scores of grammatical errors anyway, like everyone who speaks the English language.

A contraction of "All right": a (usually friendly) British informal greeting, not always accompanied by the word "mate". It can be used (and this is not an exhaustive list) on its own, followed by the word "mate", or followed by a name: this latter usage is usually more friendly than the others, as it implies that you know that person well enough to use their first name in a cheerful and informal greeting.

It can also be used when questioning the wellbeing of another. However, this will almost always be preceded by a word denoting that it is a question, e.g. "you".

Note well. If someone passes you and says "Alright", do not respond "Yes". There are a number of accepted responses, such as a simple "Alright", often followed by the person in question's name, the phrase normally spoken in a more assertive tone, as it is a response, not a question.

1. Alright mate

2. Alright Alex

3. Alright

4. You alright?

Alright Not Widely Accepted

Many people use 'alright' unaware that it is not widely accepted as a word. It should be written 'all right'. However, the merger of 'all right' to 'alright' has been underway for over a century, and it is becoming more acceptable. Mergers such as 'altogether' and 'already' are fully acceptable. But they are far older than 'alright'.

It's Not Right and It's Not Wrong

Interestingly, the Microsoft Word spellchecker will not highlight 'alright' as an error, but it will also not suggest 'alright' if you spell it incorrectly. Therefore, Microsoft are sitting on the fence with regard to 'alright' being accepted as standard.

Alright is Deemed More Modern by Some

Some would even argue that, through common usage, 'alright' is becoming more acceptable than 'all right'. The makers of TV show "It'll be alright on the night" are known to have considered "It'll be all right on the night", but opted for the former as a more modern version.
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