1

straight

play
adjective \ ˈstrāt \

Definition of straight

1 a :free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities
  • straight hair
  • straight timber
b :generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation
  • a straight line
  • the straight segment of a curve
2 a :lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method
  • a straight thinker
b :candid, frank
  • a straight answer
c :coming directly from a trustworthy source
  • a straight tip on the horses
d (1) :having the elements in an order
  • the straight sequence of events
(2) :consecutive
  • 12 straight days
e :having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line
  • a straight 8-cylinder engine
f :plumb, vertical
  • the picture isn't quite straight
3 a :exhibiting honesty and fairness
  • straight dealing
b :properly ordered or arranged
  • set the kitchen straight
  • set us straight on that issue
; also :correct
  • get the facts straight
c :free from extraneous matter :unmixed
  • straight whiskey
d :marked by no exceptions or deviations in support of a principle or party
  • votes a straight Democratic ticket
e :having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold
f :not deviating from an indicated pattern
  • writes straight humor
  • a straight-A student
g (1) :exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper :conventional; also :square 5f
(2) :not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
4 :being the only form of remuneration
  • on straight commission

straightish

play \ˈstrā-tish\ adjective

straightly

adverb

straightness

noun

Examples of straight in a Sentence

  1. She has long, straight hair.

  2. The flagpole is perfectly straight.

  3. The picture isn't quite straight.

  4. We sat in the airport for five straight hours.

Recent Examples of straight from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'straight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of straight

Middle English streght, straight, from past participle of strecchen to stretch — more at stretch


2

straight

adverb

Definition of straight

:in a straight manner
  • came straight home from work

Examples of straight in a Sentence

  1. She walked straight up to him and slapped him in the face.

  2. The tunnel goes straight through the mountain.

  3. The library is straight ahead.

  4. He was so drunk he couldn't walk straight.

  5. She sat with her legs straight out.

  6. The tree fell straight down.

  7. The car went straight off the road.

  8. She told him straight to his face that she hated him.

  9. Pine trees stood straight along the path.

  10. Sit up straight and don't slouch.

Recent Examples of straight from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'straight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of straight

14th century


3

straight

verb

Definition of straight

transitive verb
chiefly Scotland

Recent Examples of straight from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'straight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of straight

15th century


4

straight

noun

Definition of straight

1 :something that is straight: such as
a :a straight line or arrangement
b :straightaway; especially :homestretch
c :a true or honest report or course
2 a :a sequence (as of shots, strokes, or moves) resulting in a perfect score in a game or contest
b :first place at the finish of a horse race :win
3 :a poker hand containing five cards in sequence but not of the same suit — see poker illustration
4 :a person who adheres to conventional attitudes and mores

Recent Examples of straight from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'straight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of straight

1645


STRAIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

straight

play
adjective

Definition of straight for English Language Learners

  • : not having curves, bends, or angles

  • : vertical or level

  • : following one after the other in order : following each other without interruption


straight

adverb

Definition of straight for English Language Learners

  • : in a straight or direct way

  • : in or into a vertical position

  • : without any delay : directly or immediately


straight

noun

Definition of straight for English Language Learners

  • : a straight part of a racecourse

  • : a hand of playing cards in poker that contains five cards in sequence (such as a five, a six, a seven, an eight, and a nine)


STRAIGHT Defined for Kids

1

straight

play
adjective \ ˈstrāt \

Definition of straight for Students

straighter; straightest
1 :following the same direction throughout its length :not having curves, bends, or angles
  • a straight line
2 :being perfectly vertical or horizontal
  • Does the flagpole look straight?
3 :following one after the other in order
  • We worked for five straight hours.
4 :not changing from an indicated pattern
  • I got straight A's on my report card.
5 :not straying from what is right or honest
  • a straight answer
6 :correctly ordered or arranged
  • We set the kitchen straight.
7 :2correct 1
  • Let's get the facts straight.
8 :not showing any feeling especially of amusement
  • a straight face

straightness

noun

2

straight

adverb

Definition of straight for Students

1 :without delay or hesitation
  • I came straight home.
2 :in a direct and uninterrupted course :without turning or curving aside
  • The library is straight ahead.
  • Skye looked into the closet and straight through into another bedroom …
  • —Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks
3 :in or into an upright position
  • stand straight
4 :without interruption
  • They have been working for three days straight.
5 :in a normal or correct way
  • I can't think straight.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up straight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!