From Middle English right (“right”), from Old English riht, reht (“right”), from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz (“right, direct”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtós (“having moved in a straight line”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). An Indo-European past participle, it became a Germanic adjective which has been used also as a noun since the common Germanic period. Cognate with West Frisian rjocht, Dutch recht, German recht/Recht, Swedish rätt and rät, Danish ret, Norwegian rett, and Icelandic rétt. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek ὀρεκτός, Latin rectus, Albanian drejt and the Sanskrit ऋत (ṛtá).
right (comparative righter, superlative rightest)
- (archaic) Straight, not bent.
- Of an angle, having a size of 90 degrees, or one quarter of a complete rotation; the angle between two perpendicular lines.
- The kitchen counter formed a right angle with the back wall.
- Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
- I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were right all along.
- Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
- Is this the right software for my computer?
- Healthy, sane, competent.
- I'm afraid my father is no longer in his right mind.
- (Australia) All right; not requiring assistance
- 1986 David Williamson, "What If You Died Tomorrow," Collected plays, Volume 1, Currency Press, p310
- KIRSTY: I suppose you're hungry. Would you like something to eat? / KEN: No. I'm right, thanks.
- 2001 Catherine Menagé, Access to English, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, NSW: Sydney, p25
- When the sales assistant sees the customer, she asks Are you right, sir? This means Are you all right? She wants to know if he needs any help.
- 2001 Morris Gleitzman, Two weeks with the Queen, Pan Macmillan Australia, p75
- 'You lost?' / Colin spun round. Looking at him was a nurse, her eyebrows raised. / 'No, I'm right, thanks,' said Colin.'
right (comparative more right, superlative rightmost)
- Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: →
- After the accident, her right leg was slighly shorter than her left.
- (politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
Terms derived from right (adjective)
- Albanian: drejtë (sq)
- Arabic: صحيح (ar) (SaHiiH) m
- Armenian: ճիշտ (č̣išt)
- Basque: zuzen (eu), ongi (eu)
- Bulgarian: верен (bg) (veren), правилен (bg) (pravilen)
- Burmese: မှန် (my) (hman)
- Mandarin: 正確 (cmn), 正确 (cmn) (zhèngquè)
- Czech: správný (cs)
- Danish: rigtig (da), korrekt (da)
- Dutch: correct, juist
- Esperanto: korekta (eo), ĝusta (eo)
- Estonian: õige (et)
- Finnish: oikea, oikeellinen
- French: correct (fr), juste (fr), bon (fr)
- German: richtig (de)
- Greek: σωστό (el) (sostó)
- Hawaiian: pololei
- Hindi: ठीक (hi) (ṭhīk)
- Hungarian: helyes (hu)
- Icelandic: rétt (is) f and n, réttur (is) m
- Ido: korekta
- Indonesian: benar, betul
- Interlingua: correcte, juste
- Italian: corretto (it)
- Japanese: 正しい (ja) (ただしい, tadashíi)
- Korean: 옳다 (ko) (olhda), 바르다 (ko) (bareuda)
- Kurmanji: rast (ku), durist (ku)
- Sorani: راست, تهواو
- Latin: rectus (la), emendatus (la), elegans (la)
- Macedonian: правилен (mk) (právilen) m, точен (mk) (tóčen) m, исправен (mk) (íspraven)
- Maltese: korett (mt) m, koretta (mt) f, tajjeb (mt) m, tajba (mt) f
- Navajo: akótʼé
- Norwegian: riktig (no), rett (no)
- Ojibwe: gwayak
- Persian: درست (fa) (dorost)
- Polish: poprawny (pl), prawidłowy (pl)
- Portuguese: correto (pt), justo (pt), certo (pt)
- Romanian: drept (ro)
- Russian: правильный (ru) (právil'nyj) m
- Cyrillic: исправан (sh) n, исправно (sh) n, точан (sh) n
- Roman: ispravan (sh), ispravno (sh), točan (sh)
- Slovene: pravi (sl)
- Spanish: correcto (es), justo (es)
- Swedish: rätt (sv), riktig (sv)
- Telugu: సరైన (saraina), సరి (te) (sari)
- Thai: ถูก (th) (thùùk), ใช่ (chài)
- Turkish: doğru (tr)
- Urdu: ٹھیک (ur) (thīk)
- Vietnamese: phải, đúng, có lý (phải = 'right position' and correct, trái = left and wrong)
- Volapük: verätik (vo)
- Albanian: djathtë
- Arabic: يَمِين (ar) (yamiin)
- Armenian: աջ (aǰ)
- Basque: zuzen (eu)
- Bulgarian: десен, дясна, дясно (desen, djasna, djasno) m/f/n
- Catalan: dret
- Mandarin: 右 (cmn) (yòu)
- Czech: pravý (cs) m
- Dalmatian: diastro
- Danish: højre (da)
- Dutch: rechts, rechtse
- Esperanto: dekstra (eo)
- Estonian: parem (et)
- Finnish: oikea (fi), oikeanpuoleinen (fi)
- French: droit (fr) m, droite (fr) f
- German: rechts (de)
- Modern: δεξιός (el) (deksiós)
- Ancient: δεξιός
- Guaraní: akatúvape
- Hawaiian: ʻākau
- Hebrew: ימין (yemín)
- Hiligaynon: tuô
- Hindi: दाहिना (hi) (dāhinā)
- Hungarian: jobb (hu)
- Icelandic: hægri (is)
- Ido: dextra
- Indonesian: kanan (id)
- Interlingua: dextere, dextre
- Irish: deas (ga)
- Italian: destro (it) m, destra (it) f
- Japanese: 右 (ja) (みぎ, migí)
- Macedonian: десничарски (mk) (desníčarski) m, десен (mk) (désen) m
- Portuguese: de direita
- Russian: правый (ru) (právyj)
- Serbo-Croatian: desničarski (sh)
- Slovene: desničarski
- Spanish: de la derecha
- Swedish: höger- (sv)
- Thai: ฝ่ายขวา (fàày khwáá)
- Turkish: tutucu (tr), muhafazakâr (tr)
- Vietnamese: cánh hữu (vi), hữu khuynh (vi)
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- Dutch rechts, rechtse (1), recht (2), correct (3), juist (3), rechtschapen (3), rechtvaardig (3), eerlijk (3), billijk (3)
- Interlingua dextere, dextre (1); recte (2); correcte, juste (3)
right (not comparable)
- On the right side.
- Towards the right side.
- Yes, that is correct; I agree.
- I agree with whatever you say; I have no opinion.
- Signpost word to change the subject in a discussion or discourse.
- - After that interview, I don't think we should hire her.
- Right — who wants lunch?
- Used to check agreement at the end of an utterance.
- You're going, right?
- Used to add seriousness or decisiveness before a statement.
- 1987, Withnail and I:
- Withnail: Right ... I'm gonna do the washing up.
Wikipedia right (plural rights)
- That which complies with justice, law or reason.
- We're on the side of right in this contest.
- A legal or moral entitlement.
- You have no right to go through my book.
- The right side or direction.
- The pharmacy is just on the right past the bookshop.
- (politics) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
- The political right holds too much power.
Terms derived from right (noun)
legal or moral entitlement
The right-wing politicians and parties
Old English rihtan (“to straighten, judge, set upright, set right”), from riht, from the same ultimate source as Etymology 1, above.
right (third-person singular simple present rights, present participle righting, simple past and past participle righted)
- To correct.
- Righting all the wrongs of the war will be impossible.
- To set upright.
- The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
- (intransitive) To return to normal upright position.
- When the wind died down, the ship righted.
(intransitive) to return to normal upright position
right (not comparable)
- Exactly, precisely.
- The arrow landed right in the middle of the target.
- Luckily we arrived right at the start of the film.
- (UK, US, dialect) Very, extremely, quite.
- I made a right stupid mistake there, didn't I?
- I stubbed my toe a week ago and it still hurts right much.
- 1966, Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls, page 214:
- That's long enough for any small town." Lyon leaned forward. "Do you like Lawrenceville, Mr. Hill?" The driver cocked his head. "Aeah. Why not? Born here. It's a right nice town
- 2004, Jon Sharpe, Nebraska nightmare:
- Well, that would be right neighborly of you, miss.
- 2005, Linda Beaulieu, The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, page 63:
- A right neighborly time.
- 2006, Lauraine Snelling, The Reapers' Song, page 286:
- “Something to eat would be right neighborly Where in tarnation are we?” “We'll be in Minneapolis in an hour or two.”
- 2008, Luke Cypher, Red Mesa, page 101:
- But it would be right neighborly and Christian of you to put your own wants aside for a spell.
- (Can we date this quote?) Ann Hite, Ghost on Black Mountain,
- The fog was right hard to see through so I was on Tom Pritchard before I saw him.
- According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really
- In a correct manner.
- Do it right or don't do it at all.
- (dated, still used in some titles) To a great extent or degree.
- Sir, I am right glad to meet you...
- Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
- The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci
In the US, the word "right" is used as an adverb meaning "very, quite" in most of the major dialect areas, including the Southern US, Appalachia, New England, and the Midwest, though the usage is not part of standard US English.