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 While Lynch's comments to Garoppolo may seem incredibly simple, the reality is that the majority of leaders would not have been that forthright. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The president has been forthright in his support for electric vehicles and has called for $174 billion in spending on EV development and infrastructure. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 11 May 2021 Other local activists feel that Oxitec hasn’t always been entirely forthright. Time, 9 May 2021 In his op-ed, Clegg brushed off calls for breaking up tech companies—perhaps the most forthright and bluntly effective way of tamping down the industry’s power—and asked instead for regulations that might preserve the lucrative status quo. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Be forthright with your social footprint and seek opportunities to have an impact beyond the bottom line. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 One that won 60 games is not, thanks to a forthright playoff bellyflop. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2021 Consider that Alderson, while forthright in his comments, also mentioned that the woman Porter harassed was from South Korea. Peter Abraham,, 19 Jan. 2021 The airline industry has been the most forthright in calling for vaccine passports. Globe Staff,, 10 Mar. 2021

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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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“Forthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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