adjective, straight·er, straight·est.
- traditional; conventional.
- free from using narcotics.
- not engaged in crime; law-abiding; reformed.
- a heterosexual.
- a person who follows traditional or conventional mores.
- a person who is free from narcotics.
Origin of straight
Synonyms for straight
Antonyms for straight
Related Words for straightshort, straightforward, solid, smooth, successive, consecutive, nonstop, true, decent, good, strong, away, dead, even, right, vertical, level, invariable, plumb, perpendicular
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Contemporary Examples of straight
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Except the Braves did not win 14 straight pennants (they did win 14 straight division titles), and Smoltz is a also Republican.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Amazing how people can still haul this one out with a straight face.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Why is a straight grandmother the leading advocate for gays in Cameroon?The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of straight
But I got him too straight—let a drunken man alone for telling the truth when he's got it in him.
I certainly did need you to come along right now and set me straight.
The leader had gone with Joe Clune straight for the front car.
Straight to this sign Andrew walked and sat down at the table beneath it.
She confronted him in her straight white gown and waited for him to speak.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- five cards that are in sequence irrespective of suit
- a hand containing such a sequence
- (as modifier)a straight flush
Word Origin for straight
mid-14c., "direct, undeviating, not crooked," properly "that which is stretched," adjectival use of Old English streht (altered, by analogy with streccan, from earlier streaht), past participle of streccan "to stretch" (see stretch (v.)). Meaning "true, direct, honest" is from 1520s. Of communication, "clear, unambiguous," from 1862. Sense of "undiluted, uncompromising" (e.g. straight whiskey, 1874) is American English, first recorded 1856.
Theatrical sense of "serious" (as opposed to popular or comic) is attested from 1895; vaudeville slang straight man first attested 1923. Go straight in the underworld slang sense is from 1919; straighten up "become respectable" is from 1907. Straight arrow "decent, conventional person" is 1969, from archetypal Native American brave name. To keep a straight face first recorded 1897; straight shooter is from 1928; straight-edge as a punk subculture is attested by 1987.
In addition to the idioms beginning with straight
- straight and narrow, the
- straight as an arrow
- straighten out
- straighten up
- straight face
- straight from the horse's mouth
- straight from the shoulder
- straight goods
- straight off
- straight out
- straight talk
- straight ticket
- straight up
- (straight) from the horse's mouth
- get something straight
- give it to (someone straight)
- go straight
- keep a straight face
- right (straight) out
- set straight
- shoot straight