straight face


Definition of straight face

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

Other Words from straight face

straight-faced \ ˈstrāt-​ˈfāst How to pronounce straight face (audio) \ adjective
straight-facedly \ ˈstrāt-​ˈfā-​səd-​lē How to pronounce straight face (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.
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First Known Use of straight face

1853, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Straight face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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