1. Straight down; perpendicularly.
2. In plain terms; without ceremony.
We shall chide downright, if I longer stay. --Shak.
3. Without delay; at once; completely. [Obs.]
She fell downright into a fit. --Arbuthnot.
1. Plain; direct; forthright; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way.
A man of plain, downright character. --Sir W. Scott.
2. Open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed; as, downright atheism.
Syn: -- honest-to-goodness.
The downright impossibilities charged upon it. --South.
Gloomy fancies which in her amounted to downright insanity. --Prescott.
-- Down*right*ly, adv. -- Down*right*ness, n.
adj 1: characterized by plain blunt honesty; "a downright answer";
"a downright kind of person"
2: complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes
used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an
absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem";
"an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down
vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer
stupidity" [syn: absolute, out-and-out(a), rank(a),
adv : thoroughgoing; "he is outright dishonest"