[adjective, noun fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adverb fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-]


going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken: It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward: a forthright glance.

adverb Also forth·right·ly.

straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner: He told us forthright just what his objections were.
straightaway; at once; immediately: He saw forthright that such an action was folly.


Archaic. a straight course or path.

Origin of forthright

before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte. See forth, right
Related formsforth·right·ness, nounun·forth·right, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forthright

Contemporary Examples of forthright

Historical Examples of forthright

  • Hope you won't think I didn't play soundly, but it's not a forthright game.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • A man should not be able to look other than directly and forthright.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • All that he did was forthright, manly, single-purposed, and unhesitating.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • By the reins the horse he tethered, and went to them forthright.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • He was forthright and masterful and inclined to talk to her from a height.

British Dictionary definitions for forthright


adjective (ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)

direct and outspoken

adverb (ˌfɔːθˈraɪt, ˈfɔːθˌraɪt) forthrightly

in a direct manner; frankly
at once
Derived Formsforthrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthright

Old English forðriht "direct, plain;" see forth + right. Related: Forthrightly; forthrightness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper