Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

straight face

noun

Simple Definition of straight face

  • : a face that shows no emotion and especially no amusement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of straight face

  1. :  a face giving no evidence of emotion and especially of merriment <lied with a straight face>

straight–faced play \ˈstrāt-ˈfāst\ adjective
straight–facedly play \-ˈfā-səd-lē, -ˈfāst-lē\ adverb

Examples of straight face in a sentence

  1. She lied with a straight face.

  2. The students quickly put on straight faces as the teacher walked into the room.



1853

First Known Use of straight face

1853


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up straight face? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

immature or lacking adult sophistication

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt maudlin oily angry
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ