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straight man

an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.
Origin of straight man
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'm obliged to you, Mr. Stubley—you're a straight man, and you mean well.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • Were I a straight man as you are, I might not have come for you to-night.

    Vayenne Percy Brebner
  • A straight man, with a grave face, and a good seat on horseback.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • He used to pray to beat creation, and then some, but he was a straight man all right.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • You don't know Jim, but he's a straight man and wouldn't lie.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for straight man

straight man

a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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straight man


A comedian's interlocutor and companion, who acts as the foil; stooge: The late George Burns was the archetypal straight man (1923+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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