straight face


noun

a serious or impassive facial expression that conceals one's true feelings about something, especially a desire to laugh.

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Origin of straight face

First recorded in 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM straight face

straight-faced, adjectivestraight-fac·ed·ly [streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for straight face

straight face

noun

a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh

Derived forms of straight face

straight-faced, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with straight face

straight face

see keep a straight face.

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