- Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality: do the right thing and confess.
- In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct: the right answer.
- Fitting, proper, or appropriate: It is not right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
- Most favorable, desirable, or convenient: the right time to act.
- In or into a satisfactory state or condition: put things right.
- In good mental or physical health or order.
- Intended to be worn or positioned facing outward or toward an observer: the right side of the dress; made sure that the right side of the fabric was visible.
a. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the south when the subject is facing east.
b. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the right side.
c. Located on the right side of a person facing downstream: the right bank of a river.
- often Right Of or belonging to the political or intellectual right.
a. Formed by or in reference to a line or plane that is perpendicular to another line or plane.
b. Having the axis perpendicular to the base: right cone.
c. Having a right angle: a right triangle.
- Straight; uncurved; direct: a right line.
- Archaic Not spurious; genuine.
- That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting.
a. The direction or position on the right side.
b. The right side.
c. The right hand.
d. A turn in the direction of the right hand or side.
- often Right
a. The people and groups who advocate the adoption of conservative or reactionary measures, especially in government and politics. Also called right wing.
b. The opinion of those advocating such measures.
- Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's right hand.
- Baseball Right field.
a. Something that is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature.
b. Something, especially humane treatment, claimed to be due to animals by moral principle.
- A just or legal claim or title.
a. A stockholder's privilege of buying additional stock in a corporation at a special price, usually at par or at a price below the current market value.
b. The negotiable certificate on which this privilege is indicated.
c. A privilege of subscribing for a particular stock or bond. Often used in the plural.
- Toward or on the right.
- In a straight line; directly: went right to school.
- In the proper or desired manner; well: The jacket doesn't fit right.
- Exactly; just: The accident happened right over there.
- Immediately: called me right after dinner.
- Completely; quite: The icy wind blew right through me.
- According to law, morality, or justice.
- Accurately; correctly: answered the question right.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. Considerably; very: They have a right nice place.
- Used as an intensive: kept right on going.
- Used in titles: The Right Reverend Jane Smith.
, rights verb, transitive
- To put in or restore to an upright or proper position: They righted their boat.
- To put in order or set right; correct: measures designed to right generations of unfair labor practices.
- To make reparation or amends for; redress: right a wrong.
To regain an upright or proper position.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English riht; see reg- in Indo-European roots
Origin: . N., sense 3, from the fact that conservatives sit on the right side of the legislative chamber in various assemblies
Related Forms: Our Living Language
Speakers of Standard English mainly restrict the use of adverbial right
to modify adverbs of space or time, as in She's right over there
or Do it right now!
No such restriction applies in Southern vernacular speech, where right
can be used to intensify the meaning of many adjectives and adverbs, as in He's right nice
or You talk right fast.
This broader use of right
is attested as far back as the 15th century and is found in the works of Shakespeare and other great writers. Thus, what appears to be neglect of Standard English rules is actually the retention of a once-proper historical usage. • The use of right
as an adverb indicating directness, completeness, or general intensity seems to be related to the use of right
in a more concrete sense to refer to something that is perfectly straight or perpendicular to something else, as in right angle.
A similar connection between concrete and metaphorical meaning lies behind the Southern adverbial usage of plumb,
as in He fell plumb asleep
as an indicator of completeness or totality. See Note at smart