- 1 exactly; directly Lee was standing right behind her. The wind was right in our faces. I'm right behind you on this one (= I am supporting you). The bus came right on time. completely
- 2 all the way; completely The car spun right off the track. I'm right out of ideas. She kept right on swimming until she reached the other side. immediately
- 3 (informal) immediately; without delay I'll be right back. I'll be right with you (= I am coming very soon). correctly
- 4 correctly You guessed right. opposite wrong satisfactorily
- 5 in the way that things should happen or are supposed to happen Nothing's going right for me today. Which Word?right / rightly Right and rightly can both be used as adverbs. In the sense ‘correctly’ or ‘in the right way’, right is the usual adverb. It is only used after verbs:He did it right. Did I spell your name right? Rightly cannot be used like this. In formal language correctly is used:Is your name spelled correctly? The usual meaning of rightly is ‘for a good reason’ and it comes before an adjective:They are rightly proud of their children. It can be used to mean ‘correctly’ before a verb or in particular phrases:As you rightly say, we have a serious problem. In North American English rightly is not at all common. opposite wrong not left
- 6 on or to the right side Turn right at the end of the street. opposite left Word Origin Old English riht (adjective and noun), rihtan (verb), rihte (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Latin rectus
(informal) very suitable for you because it is something that you know a lot about or are very interested in This job seems right up your street.