right-on

Definitions

Slang

  • adjective admirable, thoroughgoing, authentic. A term of approval from the late 1970s which derives from ‘right on!’, the 1960s exclamation of enthusiasm, support, agreement or solidarity (itself originally from black American speech). The phrase is increasingly used ironically to mean gung-ho or self-righteous.
  • noun an endorser of radical, liberal or leftist opinion. The invariably pejorative usage is based on ‘right on!’, the catchphrase supposedly characteristic of fashionable leftists of the 1960s.
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