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 President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe see the world in very similar ways, including the looming threat of China; and both have been forthright about making the alliance stronger and more proactive. Arthur L. Herman, National Review, "What’s Next for the U.S.–Japan ‘Special Relationship’," 27 Aug. 2020 Ryan has been an unusually forthright on the subject of race and has encouraged the firm to confront difficult issues early in his tenure—including candid conversations about police violence and the criminal justice system. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "PwC releases its first-ever diversity report," 27 Aug. 2020 The ship’s forthright declaration raised suspicions. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Hunt for the Modern-Day Pirates Who Steal Millions of Tons of Fish From the Seas," 21 Aug. 2020 Vice President Mike Pence, on the other hand, was more forthright. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "I'm not rooting against college football. I'm rooting against COVID-19," 12 Aug. 2020 Warren has been forthright in acknowledging there still may not be a season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's woes aren't solved by a new schedule. Here's why," 6 Aug. 2020 The Goldman team was more forthright on keeping its bearish view on the dollar. Cormac Mullen, Fortune, "Goldman Sachs warns a vaccine breakthrough could hurt these investors," 6 Aug. 2020 Uvaisov, of the Patient Monitor aid organization, wondered how many lives might have been saved if Dagestan had been more forthright about its infection figures from the beginning. Washington Post, "In remote Dagestan, a covid recount adds to questions on Russia’s overall numbers," 3 Aug. 2020 Those native to the area, many of them Basque, were forthright and no-nonsense. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Forthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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