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 straightness
Historical Examples of straightness
It is still, however, somewhat wanting in the expression of straightness, and therefore slightly unnatural.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)
To me the straightness of our life is the straightness of a thin cord stretched tight.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
But the grey in this case was not so pure, nor were the straightness and the slenderness so maidenly.The Tragic Muse
He is praised by all as a hunter, and for the straightness of his aim with a gun.The Golden Silence
C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The characters of straightness and slenderness on which much stress was laid are found in exaggerated form in gibbons and lemurs.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
- 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