noun, verb (used with object)

Nearby words

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


or straight·jack·et



a garment made of strong material and designed to bind the arms, as of a violently disoriented person.
anything that severely confines, constricts, or hinders: Conventional attitudes can be a straitjacket, preventing original thinking.

verb (used with object) Also strait-jack·et.

to put in or as in a straitjacket: Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.

Origin of straitjacket

First recorded in 1805–15; strait + jacket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straightjacket



a less common spelling of straitjacket



Also called: straightjacket a jacket made of strong canvas material with long sleeves for binding the arms of violent prisoners or mentally ill patients
a severe restriction or limitation


(tr) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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Medicine definitions for straightjacket



A long-sleeved jacketlike garment used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person.

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