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 Pixar’s finest movies are forthright yet somehow also respectful of childhood’s inherent innocence. Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, "“Onward,” the Silly, Cynical Pixar Movie That Strikes a Nerve During Quarantine," 23 Apr. 2020 One architect of the gerrymanders is quite forthright about his accomplishments. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Slay the Dragon’ Review: Vote Early, Vote Often. It Won’t Matter.," 2 Apr. 2020 Tesla stands apart from the secretive automaker norm by being more forthright about what's being collected and allows anyone to harness the data coming out of their car. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "This Is How Tesla Owners Geek Out on Their Cars' Data," 31 Mar. 2020 For all the dishonesty on display in the Democratic primary, the candidates have been forthright about their desire to have government functionaries raise your children. John Hirschauer, National Review, "The Democrats’ Child-Care Chicanery," 20 Jan. 2020 Luck, who has a history of shoulder and neck injuries, now has a lower leg injury that the Colts have not been totally forthright about. Adam Ronis,, "When is it Safe to Select Colts QB Andrew Luck in Fantasy Drafts?," 23 Aug. 2019 Murphy and his colleagues have risen to the task in such a forthright manner under the cloud of COVID-19, there are no plans by KNBR or its rival, 95.7 The Game, to alter programming in any way. Bruce Jenkins,, "‘It’s the sports-radio nightmare’: How Bay Area hosts keep conversation alive," 28 Mar. 2020 Other diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, are more forthright than Nunes. Bryce Baschuk,, "A Warning to Johnson From Those Who Have Faced the EU Before," 27 Jan. 2020 Elias was pretty forthright after trading Villar about the likelihood that Bundy would be dealt, but hedged a bit more when asked after the Bundy trade whether this was it. Jon Meoli,, "Five things to watch as the Orioles begin their business at baseball’s winter meetings," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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