straight and narrow


: the way of propriety and rectitude
used with the

Word History


probably alteration of strait and narrow; from the admonition of Matthew 7:14 (King James Version), "strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life"

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight and narrow was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Straight and narrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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