straight man


: a member of a comedy team who feeds lines to a partner who in turn replies with usually humorous quips

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight man was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Straight man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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