Origin and Etymology of forthright
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of forthright
- a forthright critic
- was forthright in appraising the problem
- forthright furniture
Examples of forthright in a Sentence
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 of forthright from the Web
A secret account seems a strange thing for Ibrahimovic to pursue, especially seeing as the 35-year-old is notoriously forthright with his views and rarely keeps his opinions to himself.
So continue to stay in the right and be forthright with your man about his handsy buddy.
In the end, Scaramucci had a borderline encouraging soliloquy about being comfortable with and true to yourself—something his old boss has never been accused of—and his obvious pride in being a forthright person.
Bar Normandy, by contrast, specializes in forthright flavors, brought into focus by Lira and Phil Cohen, who minds the wine list.
Shelnutt’s uniquely forthright comments distilled the essence of gentrification, as Peter Moskowitz explains it in How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood.
The murders that occur in Martin, which are shockingly forthright, momentarily distract from the social observations.
In the public imagination, America is the brash young houseguest: violent, forthright with opinion, unimpressed by pretentious tradition, and permanently unable to shake off an unfortunate background in trade.
Kasich, who does not have a vote, was more forthright.
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First Known Use of forthright
before 12th century
Synonymscandid, direct, forthcoming, frank, foursquare, freehearted, free-spoken, honest, open, openhearted, out-front, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight, straightforward, unguarded, unreserved, up-front
Antonymsdissembling, uncandid, unforthcoming
Related Wordsartless, earnest, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), natural, real, sincere, unaffected, undesigning, unpretending, unpretentious; outgoing, uninhibited, unrestrained; vocal, vociferous; abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, gruff, sharp; impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, rude, tactless, thoughtless, uncivil, undiplomatic, ungracious, unmannerly, unsubtle
Near Antonymsinhibited, reserved, restrained; close-mouthed, laconic, quiet, reticent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; diplomatic, politic, tactful; civil, considerate, courteous, polite
First Known Use of forthright
FORTHRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forthright for English Language Learners
: honest and direct : providing answers or information in a very clear and direct way
FORTHRIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of forthright for Students
- a forthright answer
- She had spoken forthrightly.
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