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forthright

[adjective, noun fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adverb fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-]
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adjective
  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.
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adverb Also forth·right·ly.
  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.
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noun
  1. Archaic. a straight course or path.
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Origin of forthright

before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte. See forth, right
Related formsforth·right·ness, nounun·forth·right, adjective
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Related Words for forthright

categorical, sincere, outspoken, candid, blunt, aboveboard, bald, direct, directly, forward, frank, open, plain, real, simple, straight, undisguised

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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

forthright

adjective (ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
  1. direct and outspoken
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adverb (ˌfɔːθˈraɪt, ˈfɔːθˌraɪt) forthrightly
  1. in a direct manner; frankly
  2. at once
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Derived Formsforthrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthright

adj.

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

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