- a serious or impassive facial expression that conceals one's true feelings about something, especially a desire to laugh.
Origin of straight face
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for straight-faced
A straight-faced clown in severe white makeup begins picking out a tune on an accordion as more people trickle in to watch.Giovanni Zoppé’s Real-Life Family Circus
October 21, 2012
There was only one thing to do and, straight-faced, Malone went ahead and did it.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
Haruhiku gave him a straight-faced glance that was a masked guffaw.A Transmutation of Muddles
Horace Brown Fyfe
"Mashy, a straight-faced niblich," is one of these definitions.The Art of Entertaining
M. E. W. Sherwood
One that has been discovered very recently is that the straight-faced are the straight-laced.How to Analyze People on Sight
Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The strength of long putts can generally be more accurately regulated with a lofted putter than with a straight-faced one.The Soul of Golf
Percy Adolphus Vaile
- a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
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Idioms and Phrases with straight-faced
see keep a straight face.
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