Origin of straight-out
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 straight-outaboveboard, apparent, artless, blunt, bold, brazen, candid, direct, downright, easy, familiar, flat-out, forthright, free, guileless, honest, ingenuous, matter-of-fact, naive, natural
Examples from the Web for straight-out
Contemporary Examples of straight-out
I tried to get them to read The Turner Diaries, but they straight-out rebelled.Junot Díaz: How I Write
August 21, 2013
The purchase of food and drink to attract crowds to events - and straight-out cash payments to bribe uncommitted voters.Don't Be Nostalgic for Elections Past
March 22, 2012
Historical Examples of straight-out
Hargrave did not propose to be involved in any but a straight-out transaction.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
Not a straight-out cat, exactly, but he called her a kitten!The Annals of Ann
Kate Trimble Sharber
I have tried a straight-out legitimate deal and it dumped me.Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
George Randolph Chester
For all that he was prepared for it, the name was a straight-out body blow to Ben.The Sky Line of Spruce
A careful poll had shown them that straight-out ratification without amendment of some kind was impossible.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
- 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