\ ˈstrāt How to pronounce straight (audio) \

Definition of straight

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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
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

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Other Words from straight


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for straight

Synonyms: Adjective

direct, linear, right, straightaway, straightforward

Synonyms: Adverb

dead, direct, directly, due, plumb, plump, right, straightway

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


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.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The move comes less than 24 hours after Shurmur refused to say Manning would remain the starter following two straight losses, the sixth time in seven years New York has gotten off to a 0-2 start. NBC News, "New York Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting quarterback," 17 Sep. 2019 The move comes less than 24 hours after Shurmur refused to say Manning would remain the starter following two straight losses, the sixth time in seven years New York has gotten off to a 0-2 start. Tom Canavan,, "Eli Manning benched, Daniel Jones named Giants’ starting QB," 17 Sep. 2019 Maybe Darnold will be back by then to see the Patriots clinch an 11th straight AFC East before Halloween., "Same schedule for Patriots, weak after weak - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 As in the film and book, the musical will follow Andy, an ambitious young writer in New York City who lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, only to discover that her stylish boss is straight out of hell. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The Devil Wears Prada musical to premiere in Chicago before Broadway run," 17 Sep. 2019 The puffs turn into wet water bloops and fall down and turn my hair from straight to curly. Jenny Slate, The New Yorker, "Going to the Restaurant," 16 Sep. 2019 The Cowboys have won four straight, seven of nine and have not lost in Austin since 2008. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns’ road back to Big 12 title game begins this week," 16 Sep. 2019 Jimenez picked up his seventh save in nine tries this season in dramatic fashion, retiring the first two men of the ninth before allowing three straight hits, which brought up slugger Trey Mancini as the go-ahead run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers still chasing No. 1 draft pick after Tyler Alexander's gem," 16 Sep. 2019 Chance Poore’s missed 35-yard field goal kept Kentucky from taking a 24-22 lead in the game’s final minute and likely cost the Wildcats a second straight victory over a rival that has now won 32 of the last 33 games between the two schools. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Targeting rule takes a toll on Kentucky, exasperates coach Mark Stoops in loss to Florida," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Johnson was due to address journalists alongside Bettel in the courtyard after their meeting, but left straight away as the heckling continued. NBC News, "U.K.'s top court to decide if PM Johnson suspending parliament was legal," 17 Sep. 2019 Two years after Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms ever to the strike the area, most highly trafficked portions of Puerto Rico have recovered to the point where visitors can enjoy a tropical vacation straight out of a traveler’s guidebook. Zachary Lewis,, "Puerto Rico bounces back from storms, protests as prime tourist destination," 17 Sep. 2019 This is a discrepancy that Lage is determined to set straight. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Joao Felix: Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons 'unfair' says Benfica boss," 16 Sep. 2019 Some automatically send discounted replenishments straight to your door when your printer runs low. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Should you really pay monthly to use your at-home printer?," 16 Sep. 2019 Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Peek into a former sanatorium, French Gothic cathedral and more landmarks at Doors Open Denver," 15 Sep. 2019 The Dolphins obviously didn’t cover or win straight up, but their game did hit the over. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins Week 2 odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 Tight end Mark Andrews had his second straight 100-yard receiving game, finishing with eight catches on nine targets for 112 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Instant analysis: Behind Lamar Jackson’s 120 rushing yards, 2 TD passes, Ravens hold off Cardinals, 23-17," 15 Sep. 2019 Continuing with that approach, Miller ultimately led Bowling Green to eight straight regular-season conference titles and nine straight 20-plus win seasons. Alexa Philippou,, "How the Sun’s commitment to a core group of players helped them become one of the best teams in the WNBA — and within reach of a championship," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of straight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not having curves, bends, or angles
: vertical or level
: following one after the other in order : following each other without interruption



English Language Learners Definition of straight (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a straight or direct way
: in or into a vertical position
: without any delay : directly or immediately



English Language Learners Definition of straight (Entry 3 of 3)

: a straight part of a racecourse
: a hand of playing cards in poker that contains five cards in sequence (such as a five, a six, a seven, an eight, and a nine)


\ 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
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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