forthright

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

Definition of forthright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic

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

forthright

adjective

Definition of forthright (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rucker, a tall, forthright guy with arms covered in requisite tattoos, jumped up and poured coffee for those whose cups were empty, then ran downstairs to make another pot. Amy Scattergood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the restaurant industry is tackling its substance abuse problem," 6 June 2019 As California’s recent stumbles have shown, all the great intentions in the world aren’t enough if regulators are not honest with themselves and forthright with policymakers about the trade-offs required for deep decarbonization. David Roberts, Vox, "Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge deal.," 5 June 2019 From his dedication to veterans through his Newman’s Own Foundation to intentionally giving up some of his salary for equal pay, Newman was a forthright philanthropist. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "Paul Newman's daughter talks about his lasting legacy: 'I miss him so much'," 9 Aug. 2018 That prompted the unusually forthright rebuke from Yad Vashem, an independent body that is partly financed by the Israeli government and that is also known as the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Yad Vashem Rebukes Israeli and Polish Governments Over Holocaust Law," 5 July 2018 Gruel added that Carlson was not forthright when explaining to the county judge what a cell-site simulator actually does. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use," 18 July 2018 Goldstone’s forthright and often witty asides keep this complicated story bowling along at a terrific pace. Miranda Seymour, New York Times, "Royal Ladies, Royal Intrigue," 1 June 2018 On a conference call, P&G Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller was forthright about these challenges. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Betting on Procter’s Comeback Still a Gamble," 19 Oct. 2018 But Asylum is the show’s most forthright depiction of the ways that American society once tried to literally wipe LGBTQ people from the face of the planet for not strictly conforming to that norm. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Every season of American Horror Story so far, ranked," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of forthright

Adverb

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

Adjective

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

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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The first known use of forthright was before the 12th century

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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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