\ ˈstrāt How to pronounce straight (audio) \

Definition of straight

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities straight hair straight timber
b : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation a straight line the straight segment of a curve
2a : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method a straight thinker
b : candid, frank a straight answer
c : coming directly from a trustworthy source a straight tip on the horses
d(1) : having the elements in an order the straight sequence of events
(2) : consecutive 12 straight days
e : having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line a straight 8-cylinder engine
f : plumb, vertical the picture isn't quite straight
3a : exhibiting honesty and fairness straight dealing
b : properly ordered or arranged set the kitchen straight set us straight on that issue also : correct get the facts straight
c : free from extraneous matter : unmixed straight whiskey
d : marked by no exceptions or deviations in support of a principle or party votes a straight Democratic ticket
e : having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold
f : not deviating from an indicated pattern writes straight humor a straight-A student
g(1) : exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper : conventional also : square sense 5f
(2) : not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
h(1) : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to or between people of the opposite sex : heterosexual sense 1a
(2) : of, relating to, or involving sexual activity between individuals of the opposite sex : heterosexual sense 1b
4 : being the only form of remuneration on straight commission



Definition of straight (Entry 2 of 4)

: in a straight manner came straight home from work


straighted; straighting; straights

Definition of straight (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland



Definition of straight (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : something that is straight: such as
a : a straight line or arrangement
b : straightaway especially : homestretch
c : a true or honest report or course
2a : a sequence (as of shots, strokes, or moves) resulting in a perfect score in a game or contest
b : first place at the finish of a horse race : win
3 : a poker hand containing five cards in sequence but not of the same suit — see poker illustration
4 : a person who adheres to conventional attitudes and mores

Other Words from straight


straightish \ ˈstrā-​tish How to pronounce straight (audio) \ adjective
straightly adverb
straightness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for straight

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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strait or straight?

Straight and strait are homophones (“one of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or derivation or spelling”), and many people are in the habit of confusing such creatures, particularly when used in fixed phrases. If you express no emotion you have a straight face; an upright person is a straight shooter; a straight flush is “a poker hand containing five cards of the same suit in sequence.” However, if you find yourself in a difficult situation you are in dire straits. Straitjacket and straitlaced are the more commonly used forms for the restrictive garment and the “strict in manners” adjective, although straightjacket and straightlaced are also occasionally found.

Examples of straight in a Sentence

Adjective She has long, straight hair. The flagpole is perfectly straight. The picture isn't quite straight. We sat in the airport for five straight hours. Adverb She walked straight up to him and slapped him in the face. The tunnel goes straight through the mountain. The library is straight ahead. He was so drunk he couldn't walk straight. She sat with her legs straight out. The tree fell straight down. The car went straight off the road. She told him straight to his face that she hated him. Pine trees stood straight along the path. Sit up straight and don't slouch. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Progress, the saying goes, does not occur on a straight line. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Playing counterpoint to the doors' arches, a black iron drapery rod draws a straight line—and sets the stage for a lush ensemble of pretty blue-and-white drapery panels. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 According to the National Weather Service, the main severe threat and storms are most likely from 1-8 p.m. today, with the threat of damaging straight-line winds, torrential rainfall and large hail. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 The straight line winds reported in Rockford seem to have caused more damage than the tornadoes, according to preliminary information from the weather service. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 The Stinger feels great in straight-line driving, accelerating from 0-60 in an impressive 4.6 seconds. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Apr. 2022 The 911 Sport Classic instead sacrifices the lofty straight-line acceleration capabilities of its Turbo kin at the altar of a more involving driving experience. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 Essentially, the joystick control keeps the boat moving, in a straight line or laterally, without it getting pushed around. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2022 The primary tools of culinary life lie directly across from it and run in a straight line along the home’s rear wall. Globe Staff,, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The last man and woman to finish go straight into elimination. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 12 May 2022 Definitely not where the royal blue interior Supermans straight into the wall of red of its slabby exterior. Benjamin Preston, Car and Driver, 9 May 2022 The best part: many of the new Water Reserves have slides straight into the azure lagoon that children and adults will adore. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 The driver, badly wounded, veered straight into bushes as shells rained down. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 According to Emily Rales, architects often plow straight into form-making and floor plans without much forethought. Scott Frances, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 Emily and John wasted no time jumping straight into wedding planning following the proposal. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Additionally, instead of the subsidy going straight to a landlord, the tenant is given the funds. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 And with that nonchalant (and correct) answer, Roach reclaimed her lead and -- with a wager of $1 -- won her 17th game straight. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of straight


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for straight


Middle English streght, straight, from past participle of strecchen to stretch — more at stretch

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\ ˈstrāt How to pronounce straight (audio) \
straighter; straightest

Kids Definition of straight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : following the same direction throughout its length : not having curves, bends, or angles a straight line
2 : being perfectly vertical or horizontal Does the flagpole look straight?
3 : following one after the other in order We worked for five straight hours.
4 : not changing from an indicated pattern I got straight A's on my report card.
5 : not straying from what is right or honest a straight answer
6 : correctly ordered or arranged We set the kitchen straight.
7 : correct entry 2 sense 1 Let's get the facts straight.
8 : not showing any feeling especially of amusement a straight face

Other Words from straight

straightness noun



Kids Definition of straight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : without delay or hesitation I came straight home.
2 : in a direct and uninterrupted course : without turning or curving aside The library is straight ahead. Skye looked into the closet and straight through into another bedroom …— Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
3 : in or into an upright position stand straight
4 : without interruption They have been working for three days straight.
5 : in a normal or correct way I can't think straight.

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