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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Justice has been taken from us, twisted and distorted in the mouths of those who have no sense of it and spit back with a straight face in an all-too casual tone to those of us who fight for it. Chelsea Sanders,, "Will Black America Ever See Real Justice?," 21 Apr. 2021 Wallace then went on to argue, with a straight face, that the only thing awaiting us on the other side of gun control is tyranny., "If 20 children killed in an elementary school didn’t change things, why would 10 dead adults in a supermarket?," 24 Mar. 2021 Only in Washington, D.C., would someone try to convince you with a straight face that $29 billion is a small amount of money. Zachary Evans, National Review, "Earmarks Are Corrupt, Costly, and Inequitable," 1 Mar. 2021 These still infect text conversations, although usually people are content to say LOL, with a straight face, in absolute silence. Star Tribune, "Lileks: Who's crying for the Face With Tears of Joy?," 21 Feb. 2021 With an equally straight face, the prospectus named the sponsor company: LMFAO Sponsor, based out of Florida. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "The company that’s LMAO on its way to the stock exchange," 14 Jan. 2021 But others are saying that with a straight face — that only gay actors should be cast in gay roles. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Scott D. Pierce: While James Corden’s performance in ‘The Prom’ is offensive, straight actors can play gay characters," 11 Dec. 2020 Keeping a straight face during the singalong must have been a challenge. Keith Spera,, "Debbie Davis, Matt Perrine and friends light up holidays with 'Oh Crap, It's Christmas, Vol. 2'," 15 Dec. 2020 Here's how von Ehrenfried characterizes what happened next in Florida: As the simulation proceeded, Kraft would ask Kranz how the pad test was going and Kranz would give him a quick status check with a straight face and his head down. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "How a Thanksgiving Day gag ruffled feathers in Mission Control," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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6 May 2021

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“Straight face.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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