\ 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Whatever the explanation, Ms Vardag is most struck by the similarities between her clients, gay or straight. The Economist, "Pride before a fall Why lesbian couples are more likely to divorce than gay ones," 11 Jan. 2020 The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate held at 3.5% for the second straight month, prolonging a half-century low. Josh Boak, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%," 10 Jan. 2020 The Lady Bears responded by scoring 15 straight points. New York Times, "UConn Loses to Baylor, and Home Winning Streak Ends at 98," 10 Jan. 2020 The Wildcats lost 74-73 to Oregon in their first overtime game of the season, despite getting a fourth-straight double-double from Zeke Nnaji, 20 points from Nico Mannion and another 17 from Josh Green. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Oregon Ducks overcome Arizona Wildcats in overtime," 9 Jan. 2020 An adaptation of an Israeli TV series, this comedic drama about a self-destructive group of Army medics in Afghanistan has been billed as a throwback to M*A*S*H and earned a straight-to-series order. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Most Unmissable TV Shows of 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 An unreasonable delay in receiving a straight answer may try your patience or test your resolve. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 9, 2020: Libra, romantic expectations are dashed; Aquarius, rein in your enthusiasm," 9 Jan. 2020 Hosting stellar names including Midland, Artwork Joey Negro and CC:Disco -- and also showcasing their own encyclopedic knowledge come Sunday nights at SE11’s Eagle -- there is not another club night as liberating and straight-up fun as HMD. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 In his second game, a 27-9 victory over the Lions, the Vikings began with four straight three-and-outs, but racked up 340 yards. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns coach search: Paul DePodesta, Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry are one route to that elusive alignment," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Over is also 3-0-1 in their past four following a straight-up loss. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Kansas at Iowa State odds, picks and best bets," 8 Jan. 2020 Music data 101 While the nuances are complicated, the basics of how music streaming data is generated are pretty straight forward: Record labels and independent music artists send information about their music to aggregates and streaming services. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 When viewed straight-on, the male moth’s upper wings are fully grey, reflecting light back at the viewer. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Nocturnal Moths Sparkle at Night," 3 Jan. 2020 Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Adventurist, to get outdoors news sent straight to your inbox. Danika Worthington, The Know, "Start the new year right by joining one of the more than 30 First Day Hikes at Colorado state parks," 31 Dec. 2019 Some rituals are straight-forward: In Spain, for example, tradition says to eat twelve grapes at midnight, one for each month, for good luck in the upcoming year. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "12 Good Luck Recipes for the New Year From Around The World," 31 Dec. 2019 So much for being empowering—the female love interest is a straight-up killer, and two more women end up dead. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Happens In 'You' Season 2?," 26 Dec. 2019 But, just 10 months later, Prince Andrew’s interview with a BBC journalist drove the royal family straight into a crisis. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "For the British Royal Family, 2019 Was a Car Crash of a Year," 21 Dec. 2019 The Chargers are 1-5 straight-up and against the spread in their last six games. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs odds, picks and best bets," 27 Dec. 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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The first known use of straight was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2020

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“Straight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce straight (audio)

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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What made you want to look up straight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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