forthright

[ adjective, noun fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adverb fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth- ]
/ adjective, noun ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ-; adverb ˌfɔrθˈraɪt, ˌfoʊrθ-, ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ- /

adjective

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.

noun

Archaic. a straight course or path.

Nearby words

  1. forte,
  2. forte-piano,
  3. fortepiano,
  4. forth,
  5. forthcoming,
  6. forthwith,
  7. forties,
  8. fortieth,
  9. fortification,
  10. fortification agate

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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British Dictionary definitions for forthright

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

forthright

adj.

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

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