forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Definition of forthright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : free from ambiguity or evasiveness : going straight to the point a forthright critic was forthright in appraising the problem
2 : notably simple in style or quality forthright furniture
3 archaic : proceeding straight on



Definition of forthright (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic
a : directly forward
b : without hesitation : frankly
2 archaic : at once



Definition of forthright (Entry 3 of 3)

: a straight path

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Other Words from forthright


forthrightly adverb
forthrightness noun

Examples of forthright in a Sentence

Adjective she sometimes was a little too forthright for her own good and ended up saying things that inadvertently offended people I appreciate your forthright explanation of the situation.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wilkinson played the majority of the game but has been forthright during training camp that someone who has played primarily on the right side in his career, the adjustment to left tackle has been challenging. Brad Biggs,, 15 Aug. 2021 The camp and the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP are investigating the July 29 incident — one in which, residents say, community leaders were not forthright in sharing information with the public. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, residents of the Martha’s Vineyard town said that the center and town officials have been slow to inform the community and have not been forthright., 4 Aug. 2021 Osaka has been forthright about her struggles with mental health and pressure, missing both the French Open and Wimbledon to deal with those challenges. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 Strayed wasn’t the only admirer of Whitely’s honest and forthright take on being a plus-size adventurer. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, 20 July 2021 So, what is authenticity to the Tiffany Haddish, the most forthright famous woman on the planet? Xian Horn, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Through that, employees were more engaged with each other and hence, forthright with their customers. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 25 June 2021 During the campaign, Biden took Trump to task for not being more forthright with his financial information. Washington Post, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of forthright


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forthright


Middle English, from Old English forthriht, from forth + riht right

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“Forthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forthright

: honest and direct : providing answers or information in a very clear and direct way


forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Kids Definition of forthright

: going straight to the point clearly and firmly a forthright answer

Other Words from forthright

forthrightly adverb She had spoken forthrightly.

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