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forthright

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adverb forth·right \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt \

Definition of forthright

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

Origin and Etymology of forthright

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


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forthright

adjective

Definition of forthright

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

forthrightly

adverb

forthrightness

noun

Examples of forthright in a Sentence

  1. she sometimes was a little too forthright for her own good and ended up saying things that inadvertently offended people

  2. I appreciate your forthright explanation of the situation.

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First Known Use of forthright

before 12th century


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forthright

noun

Definition of forthright

archaic
:a straight path

First Known Use of forthright

1606


FORTHRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

forthright

adjective

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

forthright

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adjective forth·right \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt \

Definition of forthright for Students

:going straight to the point clearly and firmly
  • a forthright answer

forthrightly

adverb
  • She had spoken forthrightly.


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