forthright

adjective
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

forthright

adverb

Definition of forthright (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic

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

forthright

noun

Definition of forthright (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic
: a straight path

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Other Words from forthright

Adjective

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.

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Like Tucker, the song is both forthright and mysterious, even a little cagey. David Cantwell, The New Yorker, "Tanya Tucker’s New Album Might Be the Best of Her Long, Underrated Career," 23 Aug. 2019 The lyrics were forthright and relatable, analysing relationships, upbraiding male privilege and condemning the worst of rock’s chauvinist clichés. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 Her long tumble of curly hair, which makes her look younger than her 37 years, is paired with a forthright-bordering-on-blunt manner of speaking forged from her years as a prosecutor on the front line of the immigration debate. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants," 13 Aug. 2019 Still, there are a few practical and psychological reasons people aren’t always entirely forthright. Candice Jalili, Time, "Why Some People Lie to Their Therapists," 25 July 2019 Solo, whose forthright analysis won plenty of praise on social media, is working as a pundit and not on the pitch after her national team contract was terminated in 2016. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Scotland performance against Japan at World Cup leaves Hope Solo unimpressed," 14 June 2019 For years, Carter has irked the foreign policy establishment with forthright criticism of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble," 20 May 2019 Even Buttigieg's concession that racial tensions afflict his city despite his best efforts came off as forthright rather than an admission of failure. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Harris chides Biden on civil rights at fiery Dem debate, as Sanders fades and Buttigieg shines," 27 June 2019 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. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "My American Dream," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of forthright

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forthright

Adverb

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

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forthright

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forthright

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

forthright

adjective
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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