Definition of right-on in English:



informal, derogatory
  • In keeping with fashionable liberal or left-wing opinions and values.

    ‘the right-on music press’
    • ‘Cuba's revolution saw in the decade of left-wing youth and right-on liberation.’
    • ‘Much more pertinently, as far as the bigger picture is concerned,, it was at that time she won the adoration of the right-on liberals and a legion of lesbians by outing herself and posing publicly with her then girlfriend.’
    • ‘Which particular right-on leftist or paleo-rightist was making this poisonously warped and cerebrally-challenged claim this time?’
    • ‘Instead it is full of right-on, modern recipes plus pictures of happy sheep and enormous frilly-leaved cabbages.’
    • ‘It is all the more aggravating that the producers no doubt consider themselves terribly radical and right-on.’
    • ‘Yet gender gaps can still divide the best of political bedmates as un-PC gripes tumble out of right-on mouths.’
    • ‘The right-on stuff tends to be said in a quieter voice.’
    • ‘If Glasgow's research shows that a right-on, edgy image strikes a chord not only with visitors but also its citizens, then it could work.’
    • ‘That direct contact with food is something few children have these days, my own daughter included (and that's despite my right-on organic-mum predilection for stuffing her pack-up with fruit she never eats).’
    • ‘But they're also easier to put a finger on: the very issues that are trendy and right-on at the moment - child poverty, raising the minimum wage, affordable housing - are feminist issues.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Tommy Sheridan's socialists are so disengaged from devolution that, like oh-so-serious students in the kitchen at a party, they stayed away from Holyrood to stage their own right-on event on Calton Hill.’
    • ‘You know when you meet someone and you don't think they're all that great a person but then they say something so right-on you think: ‘Wow, you totally get the way I see the world.’’
    • ‘It's not really right-on to admit you'd quite like to be a full-time mother for a while at least.’
    • ‘Cowen comes across as a right-on sort of guy and he's probably just been listening to his old mentor Albert Reynolds on Shannonside Radio, talking about how Bertie Ahern has let down the widows and orphans.’
    • ‘The only people that complain about Jordan are women with smaller, saggier chests (all of them) and new men trying to convince the world how civilised and right-on they are.’
    • ‘For all of Michael Moore's right-on rhetoric about the American ruling elite, you've got to admit that if he didn't exist a genuinely democratic society would have to invent him.’
    • ‘Every answer is scathing, sexy and so right-on.’
    • ‘And I have come across the idea a million times that if you supported the war you were right-wing and if you opposed it you were right-on.’
    • ‘It would seem that many right-on groups have decided that we're all so stupid that we are unable to exercise our own judgement and should rely on them to do so for us.’
    progressive, advanced, modern, forward-looking, forward-thinking, progressivist, go-ahead, enlightened, reformist, radical