bright

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

bright / brīt/ • adj. 1. giving out or reflecting a lot of light; shining: I have problems seeing when the sun is bright her bright, dark eyes. ∎  full of light: the rooms are bright and spacious. ∎  (of a period of time) having sunny, cloudless weather: the long, bright days of June. ∎  having a vivid color: the bright flowers a bright tie. ∎  (of color) vivid and bold: the bright green leaves. 2. (of sound) clear, vibrant, and typically high-pitched: her voice is fresh and bright. 3. (of a person, idea, or remark) intelligent and quick-witted: a bright young journalist a suggestion box for bright ideas. 4. giving an appearance of cheerful liveliness: she gave a bright smile. ∎  (of someone's future) likely to be successful and happy: the bright prospects for her early retirement. • adv. luminously: a full moon shining bright. • n. (brights) 1. bold and vivid colors: gloves in neon brights. 2. headlights switched to high beam: he turned the brights on, and we drove along the dirt road. PHRASES: bright and early very early in the morning. look on the bright side be optimistic or cheerful in spite of difficulties.DERIVATIVES: bright·ish adj. bright·ly adv. bright·ness n.

views updated

brightaffright, alight, alright, aright, bedight, bight, bite, blight, bright, byte, cite, dight, Dwight, excite, fight, flight, fright, goodnight, height, ignite, impolite, indict, indite, invite, kite, knight, light, lite, might, mite, night, nite, outfight, outright, plight, polite, quite, right, rite, shite, sight, site, skintight, skite, sleight, slight, smite, Snow-white, spite, sprite, tight, tonight, trite, twite, underwrite, unite, uptight, white, wight, wright, write •Shiite • Trotskyite • McCarthyite •Vishnuite • Sivaite • albite •snakebite • frostbite • soundbite •kilobyte • columbite • love bite •Moabite • megabyte • gigabyte •Jacobite • Rechabite • jadeite •lyddite • expedite • cordite • erudite •Luddite • recondite • troglodyte •hermaphrodite • extradite

views updated

bright bright-eyed and bushy tailed alert and lively, eager; the image is of an animal in good health and spirits.
bright young thing an enthusiastic, ambitious, and self-consciously fashionable young person, a term originally applied in the 1920s to a member of a young fashionable set noted for exuberant and outrageous behaviour.

views updated

bright OE. beorht, Anglian berht, late Nhb. breht = OS. ber(a)ht. OHG. beraht, -eht, ON. bjartr, Goth. bairhts :- Gmc. *berχtaz, f. IE. *bhereg-, repr. also by Skt. bhrājate shine, Lith. brėkśta dawns, W. berth beautiful.

More From encyclopedia.com

You Might Also Like