straight face

noun

: a face giving no evidence of emotion and especially of merriment
lied with a straight face
straight-faced adjective
straight-facedly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight face was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Straight face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straight%20face. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

straight face

noun
: a face giving no evidence of feeling and especially of amusement
straight-faced
ˈstrāt-ˈfāst
adjective
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