: relating to or being music performed in an unembellished manner typical of a given idiom or performer
broadly : straightforward

Examples of straight-ahead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carr leads one of the longest-running straight-ahead jazz jam sessions in Birmingham. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2023 Then the closer, who takes a straight-ahead approach, attacked Bailey with a 1-1 92.8 mph fastball. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2023 The condition is the result of the macula − the part of the eye that controls sharp, straight-ahead vision − being damaged by aging. USA TODAY, 31 July 2023 But Paul McCartney is just a straight-ahead working-class musician. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2023 Todd’s straight-ahead approach to interviewing politicians was not well-received by MSNBC’s viewers, who tune in largely to see liberal commentary, and their vitriol toward him showed up regularly online. Stephen Battaglio, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2023 The suspension is soft, and the steering is low-geared, with a dead patch around the straight-ahead. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 26 May 2023 The Turbo's straight-ahead performance comes in a chassis ready for most all the road rocketing the engine can throw at it. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 14 May 2023 The steering cuts well, and its good straight-ahead sense makes the XE very stable on the highway. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight-ahead was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Straight-ahead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straight-ahead. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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