Straight meaning

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Having no waves or bends.

Straight hair.

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In a straight line; directly.
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In an honest, law-abiding, or virtuous manner.

Lives straight.

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Not crooked, bent, bowed, wavy, curly, etc.

Straight hair.

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Characterized by undeviating support, as of a principle or a political party.

Always votes a straight party line; a straight Democrat.

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Not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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Not mixed with anything else; undiluted.

Straight bourbon.

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Sold without discount regardless of the amount purchased.
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In an erect posture; upright.
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In the straight position, as in diving.
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Without detour or delay.

Went straight home.

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Without circumlocution; candidly.

I'll say it to you straight: you're wrong.

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In a neat and orderly condition.

Put the living room straight.

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Without stopping; continuously.

Walked six hours straight.

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Without embellishment or modification.

Tell the joke straight.

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Without ice, water, or a mixer.

Drink whiskey straight.

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A straight line.
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A straight form or position.
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A poker hand containing five cards of various suits in numerical sequence, ranked above three of a kind and below a flush.
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A conventional person, especially one considered a member of established society.
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Having the same direction throughout its length; having no curvature or angularity.

A straight line.

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Upright; erect.

Straight posture.

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Level; even.

A straight hemline.

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With all cylinders in a direct line; in-line: said of some internal-combustion engines.
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Direct; undeviating, uninterrupted, etc.

To hold a straight course.

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Following strictly the principles, slate of candidates, etc. of a political party.
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Following a direct or systematic course of reasoning, etc.; methodical; accurate.
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In order; properly arranged, etc.

To put a room straight.

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Outspoken; frank.
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Not qualified, modified, slanted, etc.

A straight denial.

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At a fixed price per unit regardless of the quantity bought or sold.

Apples at ten cents straight.

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In a straight line or direction; unswervingly.
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Upright; erectly.
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In an honest, law-abiding manner.

A convict pledging to go straight.

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The quality or condition of being straight.
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Something straight.
  • The straight part of a racetrack between the last turn and the winning post.
  • 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.
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Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length. [from 14th c.]
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Of a path, trajectory etc.: direct, undeviating. [from 15th c.]
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Free from dishonesty; honest, law-abiding. [from 16th c.]
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Perfectly horizontal or vertical; not diagonal or oblique. [from 17th c.]
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Direct in communication; unevasive, straightforward. [from 19th c.]
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(tennis) Describing the sets in a match of which the winner did not lose a single set. [from 19th c.]
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In a row, in unbroken sequence. [from 19th c.]
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In proper order; as it should be. [from 19th c.]
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Of spirits: undiluted, unmixed; neat. [from 19th c.]
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(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.]
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(colloquial) Conventional, socially acceptable; unadventurous. [from 20th c.]
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(colloquial) Not using alcohol, drugs etc. [from 20th c.]
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(colloquial) Heterosexual.
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(colloquial, slang, pejorative) Boring, unimaginative, mainstream. [from 20th c.]

My boyfriend is straight.

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(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.

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(US, politics) Containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others.

A straight ballot.

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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.

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Directly; without pause, delay or detour.

On arriving at work, he went straight to his office.

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Continuously; without interruption or pause.

He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight.

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A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.
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In poker, five cards in sequence.
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(slang) A cigarette, particularly one containing tobacco instead of marijuana. Also straighter. [from 20th c.]
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Extending continuously in the same direction without curving.

A straight line.

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Perfectly horizontal or vertical; level or even.

The mirror isn't straight.

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Neatly arranged; orderly.

The room is straight again.

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Heterosexual.
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A heterosexual person.
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My friends call straights "heteros".

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The definition of straight is something that is in order, not curly or wavy or is slang for heterosexual or not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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.

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straight up
  • Served without ice:.
    Whiskey straight up.
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set someone straight
  • To give the correct facts to, specif., so as to disabuse him or her.
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set the record straight
  • To make the truth known, esp., so as to correct a misconception.
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straight off
  • At once; without delay.
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straight up
  • Served without ice.
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the straight and narrow (path)
  • A morally strict code of behavior.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

set someone straight
the straight and narrow (path)

Origin of straight

  • Middle English from past participle of strecchen to stretch stretch
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English streght, the past participle of strechen (“to stretch"), from Old English streccan.
    From Wiktionary