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.

Origin of straightforward

First recorded in 1800–10; straight + forward
Related formsstraight·for·ward·ly, adverbstraight·for·ward·ness, nounun·straight·for·ward, adjective

Synonyms for straightforward

Antonyms for straightforward

1, 2. devious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for straightforward

Contemporary Examples of straightforward

Historical Examples of straightforward

  • Has finished the fourth form: is straightforward and obliging.

  • His eyes are brown, pleasant, set wide apart, straightforward of expression.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The question is the usual plain, straightforward, common-sense question.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He looked honest and straightforward and he evidently meant what he said.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright, and straightforward.


    Samuel Smiles

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper