Definitions

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

  • adv. Nonstandard All right. See Usage Note at all right.

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

  • adv. without doubt (used to reinforce an assertion)
  • adv. an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence
  • adj. nonstandard usage
  • adv. in a satisfactory or adequate manner

Etymologies

From all +‎ right. Compare Old English eallriht ("all-right, just, exactly"), equivalent to al- (“all”) +‎ right. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • My sentence: 'Would you check to see that the lagging walkers are alright?' where 'alright' means: safe, comfortable, ok, ...

    August 22, 2011

  • Some thoughts on the alright vs. all right, including a survey of several dictionaries and usage guides: http://editormark.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/it’s-all-right-i-think-we’re-gonna-make-it/

    February 10, 2010