[ adjective, noun fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adverb fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth- ]
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  1. going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken: It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.

  2. proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward: a forthright glance.

adverbAlso forthrightly.
  1. straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner: He told us forthright just what his objections were.

  2. straightaway; at once; immediately: He saw forthright that such an action was folly.

  1. Archaic. a straight course or path.

Origin of forthright

before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte.See forth, right

Other words from forthright

  • forthrightness, noun
  • un·forth·right, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for forthright


  1. direct and outspoken

adverb(ˌfɔːθˈraɪt, ˈfɔːθˌraɪt) forthrightly
  1. in a direct manner; frankly

  2. at once

Derived forms of forthright

  • forthrightness, noun

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