straight arrow


Definition of straight arrow

: a person who lives by rigidly proper or conventional standards

Other Words from straight arrow

straight-arrow \ ˈstrāt-​ˌer-​(ˌ)ō How to pronounce straight arrow (audio) , -​ˌa-​(ˌ)rō \ adjective

Examples of straight arrow in a Sentence

He doesn't drink or smoke. He's a real straight arrow.
Recent Examples on the Web Johnson, though, has positioned himself as the most critical voice despite playing backup, a straight arrow sort of critic who’s publicly tried to absorb and deflect the blowback directed toward arguably the most disappointing Texas team in decades. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Nov. 2021 The GIs are led by somewhat inexperienced straight arrow Cpl. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2020 The prosecuting attorney is Richard Schultz (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a straight arrow who isn’t quite convinced by his target; at his side is Thomas Foran (J. C. MacKenzie). Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2020 Tom is an old-school type guy, a straight arrow who eschews using force even in his capacity as one of New York City's finest. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2020 The goal was to challenge the all-too-intuitive picture of a straight arrow going from cause to effect as far too simplistic to describe the real world. Quanta Magazine, 29 June 2018 Everybody, except for me, everybody is straight arrow. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, 31 May 2018 The straight arrow of Franco's brothers, Vincent, is a divorced dad trying to get by, whose financial need puts him in business with some shady characters. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 Sep. 2017 If Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the closest a live-action sitcom has come to The Simpsons, then Diggs is its Frank Grimes, the sputtering straight arrow who was driven into an early grave by Homer’s inexplicable accomplishments. Sam Adams, Slate Magazine, 19 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of straight arrow

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for straight arrow

from the expression straight as an arrow

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straight as a ramrod

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“Straight arrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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