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
Examples from the Web for straight-up
Contemporary Examples of straight-up
Being there with a company of American infantry was dangerous enough; going there on your own seemed like straight-up suicide.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The straight-up fear of a world in which disco singles consistently topping the charts was the new normal.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
Perhaps he is straight-up obsessed with former American Idol host Paula Abdul.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped
June 26, 2014
This is some straight-up Days of Our Lives nonsense, which is to say that it is fun to entertain, but only as pure ridiculousness.Solange Is Blue Ivy’s Mom and Other Crazy Conspiracy Theories
May 15, 2014
There are songs that are straight-up pop records, songs that have a lot of depth, some dance, some acoustic.Backstreet's Back! The Backstreet Boys on 20 Years, New Album, BSB Cruise, and More
June 28, 2013
Historical Examples of straight-up
Muldoon knew he didn't stand a chance in a straight-up fight, not with these two.Lease to Doomsday
Of course, she only meant bookcases on the straight-up walls.It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
A straight-up rider, the kind a fellow wants when Old Man Trouble comes knocking at the door.
You'll never know how a man's eyes ache to see a straight-up white man in this land of greasers.
"Pedro is a straight-up rider, but he ain't got it in him to master Teddy—no; nor no man ain't," contributed Yeager again proudly.A Daughter of the Dons
William MacLeod Raine
- 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