\ 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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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 Wanamaker, who was available but hadn't played in five straight games, helped spark a second-half comeback that fell just short. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Texas’ defense has been gashed for at least 175 yards on the ground in four straight games. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 Troy Terry extended his scoring streak to 16 games with a first-period goal for the Ducks, who hadn’t lost since Oct. 29 and hadn’t scored fewer than three goals in a franchise-record 12 straight games. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 The driving force behind White’s success also lies with the offensive line, which has allowed ASU to rush for at least 100 yards as a team in 14 straight games. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 The 1-14 Rockets have now lost 13 straight games with their lone win coming against this same Thunder team in what feels like a very distant memory. Rahat Huq, Chron, 18 Nov. 2021 With two weeks left in the regular season, the Big Ten has positioned itself to get a third straight berth in the College Football Playoff — and possibly two if an avalanche of things go the right way. Tom Canavan,, 17 Nov. 2021 Unable to score a touchdown, the Bears fell to a Wildcats team that had lost a conference-record 20 straight games. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2021 The Hokies never reached the ACC title game again during his tenure and lost three straight bowl games the next three seasons. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Their 31-10 prime-time beatdown of Los Angeles on Monday, their fifth straight against their NFC West rivals, shifted the national conversation. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 Matthews, who was taken straight to Indiana’s locker room, did not. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Nov. 2021 This season, the Gophers are 3-1, winners of three straight after dropping their season opener to Jacksonville. Alexa Philippou,, 19 Nov. 2021 Cincinnati is tied for the second-longest home winning streak in the country, having won 25 straight at Nippert Stadium, with the last loss coming in 2017. Matt Murschel,, 19 Nov. 2021 The first round is guys, and Emanuel is definitely fast but Kyle and CT go straight for Emerald first, putting Emerald in last place from the start. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 18 Nov. 2021 In fact, the lyrical backbone of the song comes straight from their relationship. Tricia Despres,, 18 Nov. 2021 After dropping two straight earlier in the season, the Cougars have been playing much better and vaulted themselves back into the Top 25. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 Even more confusing, anxiety disorder symptoms can range from that telltale worry and straight-up irritability to physical side effects like a racing heart or trouble sleeping. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 18 Nov. 2021

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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 4 of 3)

: a straight part of a racecourse : straightaway
: 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: 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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