straight man


noun

an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.

Nearby words

  1. straight from the horse's mouth,
  2. straight from the shoulder,
  3. straight goods,
  4. straight gyrus,
  5. straight joint,
  6. straight matter,
  7. straight muscle,
  8. straight off,
  9. straight out,
  10. straight poker

Origin of straight man

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for straight man

straight man

noun

a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian
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