straight face


Definition of straight face

: a face giving no evidence of emotion and especially of merriment lied with a straight face

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Other Words from straight face

straight-faced \ ˈstrāt-​ˈfāst How to pronounce straight-faced (audio) \ adjective
straight-facedly \ ˈstrāt-​ˈfā-​səd-​lē How to pronounce straight-facedly (audio) , -​ˈfāst-​lē \ adverb

Examples of straight face in a Sentence

She lied with a straight face. The students quickly put on straight faces as the teacher walked into the room.
Recent Examples on the Web Pushing the Indy 500 toward the end of the IndyCar calendar was the only way to do it with a straight face, because the chances of this race being able to run in June are nil. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bummer Indy 500 won't run in May, but we have bigger problems," 26 Mar. 2020 To a man, every single Center Grove player stands with a straight face. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "The clock ran out on Center Grove, but the Trojans aren't going anywhere. 'We need to be back.'," 2 Dec. 2019 Boxer shorts on full display, the guys couldn’t even pretend to keep a straight face! Andrea Barber, Good Housekeeping, "Andrea Barber Gets Real About Lori Loughlin, 'Full House' Secrets, and More in New Book," 15 Nov. 2019 The ability to fathom this threat is not as crucial as the ability to deliver such lines with a straight face. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Michael Crichton’s classic thriller ‘The Andromeda Strain’ gets a deadly sequel," 12 Nov. 2019 Or the straight face Dakota kept during this scene? 32. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "53 Thoughts You Have Watching Fifty Shades Freed," 8 Feb. 2018 And while the singer smiled wide for the photo, Luna kept a straight face — one user comparing the 3-year-old’s model look to that of her mother. Georgia Slater,, "John Legend Shares More Adorable Snaps of His Kids from Family Vacation: ‘Miles Loves Thailand’," 28 Aug. 2019 There was something about the scene where Jake and I just could not keep a straight face. Devan Coggan,, "Home Boys: How Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal forged their Spider-Man friendship," 1 July 2019 So how did the cast manage to maintain straight faces during their costars’ hilarious antics? Lydia Price,, "From The Office to The Avengers: 17 Hilarious Blooper Reels You'll Want to Watch Again and Again," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of straight face

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straight face was in 1853

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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Straight face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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straight face


English Language Learners Definition of straight face

: a face that shows no emotion and especially no amusement

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