straight

1 of 4

adjective

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
(2)
: not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
h(1)
: of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to or between people of the opposite sex : heterosexual sense 1a
(2)
: of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between individuals of the opposite sex : heterosexual sense 1b
4
: being the only form of remuneration
on straight commission
straightish adjective
straightly adverb
straightness noun

straight

2 of 4

adverb

: in a straight manner
came straight home from work

straight

3 of 4

verb

straighted; straighting; straights

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland

straight

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noun

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

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strait or straight?

Straight and strait are homophones (“one of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or derivation or spelling”), and many people are in the habit of confusing such creatures, particularly when used in fixed phrases. If you express no emotion you have a straight face; an upright person is a straight shooter; a straight flush is “a poker hand containing five cards of the same suit in sequence.” However, if you find yourself in a difficult situation you are in dire straits. Straitjacket and straitlaced are the more commonly used forms for the restrictive garment and the “strict in manners” adjective, although straightjacket and straightlaced are also occasionally found.

Examples of straight in a Sentence

Adjective She has long, straight hair. The flagpole is perfectly straight. The picture isn't quite straight. We sat in the airport for five straight hours. Adverb She walked straight up to him and slapped him in the face. The tunnel goes straight through the mountain. The library is straight ahead. He was so drunk he couldn't walk straight. She sat with her legs straight out. The tree fell straight down. The car went straight off the road. She told him straight to his face that she hated him. Pine trees stood straight along the path. Sit up straight and don't slouch.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Another coffin belonging to Ramesses II was discovered in 1881 near Luxor, but the sarcophagus fragment analyzed in the study was found in Abydos, a city about 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the northwest in a straight line. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 10 June 2024 This win, meanwhile, lifts Sporting off the floor of the 2024 Western Conference standings and snapped a streak of seven straight MLS losses. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024
Adverb
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 13 June 2024 Meanwhile, the log posture is the complete opposite, with the person’s arms and legs straight as their body, akin to, well, a log. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for straight 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Straight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straight. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

straight

1 of 2 adjective
1
a
: free from curves, bends, angles, or unevenness
straight hair
straight timber
b
: formed by a point moving continuously in the same direction
a straight line
2
a
: holding to a proper course or method
a straight thinker
b
: frank, candid
a straight answer
3
: vertical sense 2, upright
the picture isn't quite straight
4
a
: exhibiting truth, fairness, and honesty : just
straight dealings
b
: correctly ordered or arranged
set the kitchen straight
also : correct
get the facts straight
c
: consecutive
five straight hours
d
: having nothing added
straight liquor
e
: making no exceptions in one's voting for a political party
voted a straight ticket
f
: not varying from a pattern
writes straight humor
h
: not using or under the influence of drugs
5
: being the only form of payment
on straight commission
straightness noun

straight

2 of 2 adverb
: in a straight manner, course, or line
came straight home from school

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