straight·​away | \ ˌstrāt-ə-ˈwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: without hesitation or delay


straight·​away | \ ˈstrāt-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : proceeding in a straight line : continuous in direction
2 : immediate


straight·​away | \ ˈstrā-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway (Entry 3 of 3)

: a straight course: such as
a : the straight part of a closed racecourse : stretch
b : a straight and unimpeded stretch of road or way

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Examples of straightaway in a Sentence

Adverb He found the information straightaway. he got to the hospital, and straightaway he was admitted and given intravenous fluids Adjective her first novel was a straightaway success the doomed ship was headed on a straightaway course in the path of the iceberg
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But that’s not what’s happening when uninformed and inexperienced e-scooter riders injure themselves straightaway. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 Obviously, people always want to see results straightaway but that’s not how things work. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Exclusive: Ben Simmons fell in love with basketball again," 25 Sep. 2019 The idea was to design algorithms that would recognize interesting phenomena encountered in the rover's surroundings during traverses and either notify the science team on Earth asking for instructions or examine those phenomena straightaway. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "To make Curiosity (et al) more curious, NASA and ESA smarten up AI in space," 16 July 2018 Leaders of big corporations are confident people; they are used to making decisions quickly and implementing them straightaway. Christopher Chabris And Matthew Brown, WSJ, "Starbucks’s Troubles Can Be a Test for Anti-Bias Training: Does It Work?," 25 Apr. 2018 Why not go straightaway at China, do something specific against China rather than the entire aluminum and steel industry? Fox News, "McCarthy talks FISA investigation, House school safety bill," 11 Mar. 2018 All new players are judged, if not straightaway, then quickly. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Shoves and Shouts Mar a Winning Debut at Anfield," 5 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Austin Barnes led the inning off with a double against left-hander John Means, the Orioles’ only All-Star this season, before A.J. Pollock swatted the seventh pitch of his at-bat over the wall in straightaway center field. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ bullpen stumbles again in loss to Orioles," 11 Sep. 2019 Hosmer lined a ball to straightaway center field that Juan Lagares overran coming in and had to reach backward while leaping to make the catch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres can’t take care of first; Mets ride deGrom to series win," 25 July 2019 Trailing by five runs in the eighth inning, Lavarnway blasted a 428-foot, two-run homer to straightaway center field. Bobby Nightengale,, "Catcher Ryan Lavarnway sets records in his Cincinnati Reds debut," 20 July 2019 Minnesota posted another four runs in the third with Cave knocking an RBI double and Mauer hitting a three-run homer to straightaway center field off the batter's eye. Brian Hall,, "Twins hit Nathan Eovaldi hard, hold off Rays 11-8," 14 July 2018 Alfaro lined a two-run double in the fourth inning to open a 4-0 lead and crushed a solo homer to straightaway center field in the sixth. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Pivetta picks up much-needed win in Phillies' victory over Orioles," 12 July 2018 With three on in the fifth inning, the Phillies’ Carlos Santana drove a deep fly ball to straightaway center field. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giants outfielder dropped his HR-robbing catch attempt at the worst possible time," 7 May 2018 Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus connected for his 20th home run of the season Wednesday afternoon, sending a towering drive over the wall in straightaway center field in the first inning of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Andrus goes deep for first career 20-homer season," 6 Sep. 2017 Grandal drove a full-count fastball from Lynn over the wall in straightaway center field with two outs in the first inning. Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register, "Logan Forsythe’s walk-off double gives Dodgers 2-1 win in 13 innings," 23 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Royals finally got to Arihara in the fifth when Taylor hit a 458-foot home run to straightaway center. David Smale, Star Tribune, "Taylor again stars at plate, Royals beat Rangers 11-4," 3 Apr. 2021 On lap 174, Stewart went flying and cars were crashing and spinning all over the back straightaway. Mike Harris, Star Tribune, "AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash," 11 Feb. 2021 Finding the most profitable ads won't necessarily come straightaway; the key is to test different audiences to figure out which convert the best. Yec, Forbes, "Why Aren’t You Using The Cheapest Form Of Advertising?," 19 Mar. 2021 In a game just two days before his pitching performance, Ohtani smashed a home run to straightaway center field at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Shohei Ohtani Still Wants to Be a Two-Way Player," 12 Mar. 2021 With 4:52 remaining in the third quarter, Eric Bledsoe hit a straightaway 3 to push the lead to 17. Christian Clark,, "Zion's big night helps Pelicans snap five-game losing streak in Sacramento," 17 Jan. 2021 The Blazers miss their first four threes, but then Damian Lillard hits one from straightaway. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers top Los Angeles Lakers behind balanced attack: Live updates recap," 28 Dec. 2020 Harden turns it over, and Lillard hits a straightaway three-pointer to cut the Rockets lead to 61-56. oregonlive, "CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard lead Portland Trail Blazers to overtime win against Houston Rockets: Live updates recap," 26 Dec. 2020 Seager pulled a towering shot to right on a 73-mph curveball, and Turner connected on a 93-mph sinker that went 418 feet to straightaway center. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Seager homers again, Dodgers force NLCS Game 7 with 3-1 win," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of straightaway


1662, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Straightaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of straightaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without any delay



English Language Learners Definition of straightaway (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a straight part of a racecourse


straight·​away | \ ˌstrā-tə-ˈwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Kids Definition of straightaway

: without delay : immediately She found the hidden note straightaway.

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