going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.
direct; not roundabout: a straightforward approach to a problem.
free from crookedness or deceit; honest: straightforward in one's dealings.


Also straight·for·wards. straight ahead; directly or continuously forward.

Nearby words

  1. straightaway,
  2. straightedge,
  3. straighten,
  4. straighten out,
  5. straighten up,
  6. straightjacket,
  7. straightly,
  8. straightneck,
  9. straightway,
  10. strain

Origin of straightforward

First recorded in 1800–10; straight + forward

Related formsstraight·for·ward·ly, adverbstraight·for·ward·ness, nounun·straight·for·ward, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straightforward



(of a person) honest, frank, or simple
mainly British (of a task, etc) simple; easy

adverb, adjective

in a straight course
Derived Formsstraightforwardly, adverbstraightforwardness, noun

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Word Origin and History for straightforward



1550s, from straight (adj.1) + forward. In reference to language, from 1806.

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