Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Thoroughgoing; unequivocal: a downright lie.
  • adj. Forthright; candid.
  • adv. Thoroughly; absolutely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Directed vertically; coming straight down.
  • adj. Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.
  • adj. Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.
  • adj. Complete; absolute; utter.
  • adv. Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Plain; direct; forthright; unceremonious; blunt; positive.
  • adj. Open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed.
  • adv. Straight down; perpendicularly.
  • adv. In plain terms; without ceremony.
  • adv. Without delay; at once; completely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Right down; straight down; perpendicularly.
  • In plain terms; without ceremony or circumlocution.
  • Completely; thoroughly; utterly: as, he is downright mad.
  • Forthwith; without delay; at once.
  • Directed vertically; coming straight down.
  • Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.
  • Using plain, direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.
  • Complete; absolute; utter.
  • n. One of the lower qualities or sorts of a fleece of wool.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. thoroughgoing
  • adj. characterized by plain blunt honesty
  • adj. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

Etymologies

From Middle English, equivalent to down- +‎ right. (Wiktionary)

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