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 straightershort, straightforward, solid, smooth, successive, consecutive, nonstop, true, decent, good, strong, away, dead, even, right, vertical, level, invariable, plumb, perpendicular
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Contemporary Examples of straighter
Three-minute-per-day vibrations claim to shape the nose into a straighter, higher version of the shnoz you currently have.DIY Plastic Surgery: Can You Change Your Face Without Going Under the Knife?
January 6, 2014
His bassy, back-of-the-throat syllables are straighter and sexier; his yowls are more pointed and pained.Is Mick Jagger Too Old to Rock?
July 26, 2013
The “new” Abe has a smoother face with a straighter collar, a neater necktie and a shorter neck.Seventeen’s About Face on Altered Photos
July 6, 2012
When buddy acts have split up in the past, it is rare that show biz finds much of a place for the straighter partner.Paula Abdul's Live To Dance Comeback
January 5, 2011
Tell me when it starts to burn,” she said casually before adding that, “The longer it stays in the straighter it will be.The War Over Black Hair
October 8, 2009
Historical Examples of straighter
The straighter he can draw the line to those two points the happier he is.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
She looked taller, straighter in form, and no longer drooping and inelastic.Shoulder-Straps
Hence it follows that the longer the plane, the straighter will be the surface produced.Handwork in Wood
But it was ever so much larger than Tdariuk, and its legs were straighter.Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends
Roy J. Snell
The straighter they made the shaft, the easier it was to hit the mark.The Later Cave-Men
Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
- 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