straight man

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of straight man

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

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First Known Use of straight man

1923


STRAIGHT MAN Defined for English Language Learners

straight man

noun

Definition of straight man for English Language Learners

  • : a member of a comedy team who says things that allow a partner to make jokes


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