straight face


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

Nearby words

  1. straight away,
  2. straight bat,
  3. straight bill of lading,
  4. straight chain,
  5. straight chair,
  6. straight fight,
  7. straight flush,
  8. straight from the horse's mouth,
  9. straight from the shoulder,
  10. straight goods

Origin of straight face

First recorded in 1890–95

Related formsstraight-faced, adjectivestraight-fac·ed·ly [streyt-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈfeɪ sɪd li, -ˈfeɪst li/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straight-faced

straight face


a serious facial expression, esp one that conceals the impulse to laugh
Derived Formsstraight-faced, adjective

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Idioms and Phrases with straight-faced

straight face

see keep a straight face.

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