Use is most widespread in Northern England, esp. Yorkshire, Derbyshire. Replaces 'Alright?'; 'Are you alright?' as a term of greeting.
Example:
"Areet, 'ows tha goin'?"
(Ah-Rayt, ow-z tha guh-in)
Means:
"Alright, how are things going?"
by Stephen Wigfield, Derbyshire, UK January 28, 2004
Geordie word short for: all right? or how are you?
Also: I'm all right.
Also: A greeting.
Areet? Why aye man.
How's you? Areet.
by Angel February 24, 2005

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