- An example of something that would be described as straight is a room that has just been cleaned where everything is in its place.
- An example of something that would be described as straight is a road without any twists or turns.
- An example of something that would be described as straight is a person's hair with no curls.
- having the same direction throughout its length; having no curvature or angularity: a straight line
- not crooked, bent, bowed, wavy, curly, etc.: straight hair
- upright; erect: straight posture
- level; even: a straight hemline
- with all cylinders in a direct line; in-line: said of some internal-combustion engines
- direct; undeviating, uninterrupted, etc.: to hold a straight course
- following strictly the principles, slate of candidates, etc. of a political party
- following a direct or systematic course of reasoning, etc.; methodical; accurate
- in order; properly arranged, etc.: to put a room straight
- honest; sincere; upright
- reliable; factual: straight information
- outspoken; frank
- without anything added or mixed in; undiluted: a straight shot of whiskey
- not blended with neutral grain spirits
- not qualified, modified, slanted, etc.: a straight denial
- at a fixed price per unit regardless of the quantity bought or sold: apples at ten cents straight
- normal or conventional, as in one's lifestyle; also, square (adjective)
- not using drugs, alcohol, etc.
Origin of straightMiddle English streght, past participle of strecchen, to stretch
- in a straight line or direction; unswervingly
- upright; erectly
- without detour, delay, etc.: go straight to bed
- without equivocation, circumlocution, etc.; directly: tell it straight
- without alteration, addition, etc.: play the role straight
- in an honest, law-abiding manner: a convict pledging to go straight
- the quality or condition of being straight
- something straight; specif.,
- the straight part of a racetrack between the last turn and the winning post
- Poker a hand consisting of five cards in sequence, but not all in the same suit: it ranks just above three of a kind and below a flush
- a straight, or conventional, person
- a heterosexual
set someone straight
set the record straight
the straight and narrow (path)
- Extending continuously in the same direction without curving: a straight line.
- Having no waves or bends: straight hair.
- a. Not bent or bowed; rigid or erect: a straight, strong back.b. Sports Of or relating to a midair position in diving or gymnastics in which the body is held rigid without bending at the hips or knees and the feet are kept together.
- Perfectly horizontal or vertical; level or even: The mirror isn't straight.
- a. Direct and candid: a straight answer.b. Following a direct or correct method or approach; systematic: straight reasoning.c. Coming from a reliable source; factual: a straight tip; straight information.
- a. Showing or marked by honesty or fair-mindedness: straight business dealings.b. Right; correct: made sure the facts were straight in the report.
- Neatly arranged; orderly: The room is straight again.
- a. Uninterrupted; consecutive: sick for five straight days; their fourth straight victory.b. Having the parts or details in correct sequence.c. Games Constituting a straight in poker.
- Characterized by undeviating support, as of a principle or a political party: always votes a straight party line; a straight Democrat.
- a. Not deviating from what is considered socially normal, usual, or acceptable; conventional.b. Conventional to an extreme degree.
- Slang Not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- a. Not deviating from the normal or strict form: straight Freudian analysis.b. Not altered, embellished, or modified: does straight comedy.
- a. Concerned with serious or important matters: a straight drama without comedy or music.b. Of or relating to a straight man.
- Not mixed with anything else; undiluted: straight bourbon.
- Sold without discount regardless of the amount purchased.
- In a straight line; directly.
- In an erect posture; upright.
- Sports In the straight position, as in diving.
- Without detour or delay: went straight home.
- Without circumlocution; candidly: I'll say it to you straight: you're wrong.
- In a neat and orderly condition: put the living room straight.
- In an honest, law-abiding, or virtuous manner: lives straight.
- Without stopping; continuously: walked six hours straight.
- Without embellishment or modification: tell the joke straight.
- Without ice, water, or a mixer: drink whiskey straight.
- a. The straight part, as of a road: “The car darted forward on to the straight” ( Kingsley Amis )b. The straight part of a racecourse between the winning post and the last turn.
- A straight line.
- A straight form or position.
- Games A poker hand containing five cards of various suits in numerical sequence, ranked above three of a kind and below a flush.
- A conventional person, especially one considered a member of established society.
- A heterosexual person.
Origin of straightMiddle English from past participle of strecchen to stretch ; see stretch.
(comparative straighter, superlative straightest)
- Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length. [from 14th c.]
- Of a path, trajectory etc.: direct, undeviating. [from 15th c.]
- Free from dishonesty; honest, law-abiding. [from 16th c.]
- Perfectly horizontal or vertical; not diagonal or oblique. [from 17th c.]
- Direct in communication; unevasive, straightforward. [from 19th c.]
- (tennis) Describing the sets in a match of which the winner did not lose a single set. [from 19th c.]
- In a row, in unbroken sequence. [from 19th c.]
- In proper order; as it should be. [from 19th c.]
- Of spirits: undiluted, unmixed; neat. [from 19th c.]
- (cricket) Describing the bat as held so as not to incline to either side; on, or near a line running between the two wickets. [from 19th c.]
- (colloquial) Conventional, socially acceptable; unadventurous. [from 20th c.]
- (colloquial) Not using alcohol, drugs etc. [from 20th c.]
- (colloquial) Heterosexual.
- (colloquial, slang, pejorative) Boring, unimaginative, mainstream. [from 20th c.]
- My boyfriend is straight.
- (US, politics) Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party.
- a straight Republican; a straight Democrat
- (US, politics) Containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others.
- a straight ballot
- Straight is sometimes humorously used as meaning low quality by homosexuals and bisexuals, rather than gay.
(comparative more straight, superlative most straight)
- Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line.
- The door will be straight ahead of you.
- Go straight back.
- Directly; without pause, delay or detour.
- On arriving at work, he went straight to his office.
- Continuously; without interruption or pause.
- He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight.
(third-person singular simple present straights, present participle straighting, simple past and past participle straighted)
- To straighten.
Middle English streght, the past participle of strechen (“to stretch"), from Old English streccan.