- without a bend, angle, or curve; not curved; direct: a straight path.
- exactly vertical or horizontal; in a perfectly vertical or horizontal plane: a straight table.
- (of a line) generated by a point moving at a constant velocity with respect to another point.
- evenly or uprightly formed or set: straight shoulders.
- without circumlocution; frank; candid: straight speaking.
- honest, honorable, or upright, as conduct, dealings, methods, or persons.
- Informal. reliable, as a report or information.
- right or correct, as reasoning, thinking, or a thinker.
- in the proper order or condition: Things are straight now.
- continuous or unbroken: in straight succession.
- thoroughgoing or unreserved: a straight Republican.
- supporting or cast for all candidates of one political party: to vote a straight ticket.
- unmodified or unaltered: a straight comedy.
- without change in the original melody or tempo: She does straight songs, with just the piano backing her.
- traditional; conventional.
- free from using narcotics.
- not engaged in crime; law-abiding; reformed.
- undiluted, as whiskey.
- Theater. (of acting) straightforward; not striving for effect.
- Journalism. written or to be written in a direct and objective manner, with no attempt at individual styling, comment, etc.: She gave me a straight story. Treat it as straight news.
- Cards. containing cards in consecutive denominations, as a two, three, four, five, and six, in various suits.
- in a straight line: to walk straight.
- in an even form or position: pictures hung straight.
- in an erect posture: to stand up straight.
- directly: to go straight to a place.
- without circumlocution; frankly; candidly (often followed by out).
- honestly, honorably, or virtuously: to live straight.
- without intricate involvement; not in a roundabout way; to the point.
- in a steady course (often followed by on): to keep straight on after the second traffic light.
- into the proper form or condition; in order: to put a room straight.
- in possession of the truth or of true ideas: I want to set you straight before you make mistakes.
- sold without discount regardless of the quantity bought: Candy bars are twenty cents straight.
- Journalism. directly and objectively: Write the circus story straight.
- without personal embellishments, additions, etc.: Tell the story straight. Sing the song straight.
- (of liquor) served or drunk without ice, a mixer, or water; neat: He drank his whiskey straight.
- the condition of being straight.
- a straight form or position.
- a straight line.
- a straight part, as of a racecourse.
- a heterosexual.
- a person who follows traditional or conventional mores.
- a person who is free from narcotics.
- Chiefly Games. a succession of strokes, plays, etc., which gives a perfect score.
- go straight, Informal. to live a law-abiding life; no longer engage in crime.
- play it straight, Informal. to do something without jokes, tricks, subterfuge, distortions, or the like: a comedian who plays it straight when he crusades against drug abuse.
- straight off, without delay; immediately: I told him straight off what I thought about the matter.Also straight away.
- straight up, (of a cocktail) served without ice: a gin martini straight up.
Origin of straight
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Examples from the Web for straightness
Oh, the relief of the tallness and straightness and whiteness!The Incomplete Amorist
But consider, a snubness of the nose, how is that more beautiful than straightness?The Symposium
She told her story with sense and straightness, her frenzy subdued by the day's rigour.John Splendid
But the grey in this case was not so pure, nor were the straightness and the slenderness so maidenly.
Under this imputation on her straightness Miriam flinched but for an instant.
- not curved or crooked; continuing in the same direction without deviating
- straightforward, outright, or candida straight rejection
- even, level, or upright in shape or position
- in keeping with the facts; accurate
- honest, respectable, or reliable
- accurate or logicalstraight reasoning
- continuous; uninterrupted
- (esp of an alcoholic drink) undiluted; neat
- not crisp, kinked, or curlystraight hair
- correctly arranged; orderly
- (of a play, acting style, etc) straightforward or serious
- journalism (of a story, article, etc) giving the facts without unnecessary embellishment
- US sold at a fixed unit price irrespective of the quantity sold
- boxing (of a blow) delivered with an unbent arma straight left
- (of the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine) in line, rather than in a V-formation or in some other arrangementa straight eight
- a slang word for heterosexual
- informal no longer owing or being owed somethingif you buy the next round we'll be straight
- slang conventional in views, customs, appearance, etc
- slang not using narcotics; not addicted
- in a straight line or direct course
- immediately; at oncehe came straight back
- in an even, level, or upright position
- without cheating, lying, or unreliabilitytell it to me straight
- continuously; uninterruptedly
- US without discount regardless of the quantity sold
- (often foll by out) frankly; candidlyhe told me straight out
- go straight informal to reform after having been dishonest or a criminal
- the state of being straight
- a straight line, form, part, or position
- British a straight part of a racetrackUS name: straightaway
- five cards that are in sequence irrespective of suit
- a hand containing such a sequence
- (as modifier)a straight flush
- slang a conventional person
- slang a heterosexual person
- slang a cigarette containing only tobacco, without marijuana, etc
Word Origin and History for straightness
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.
"conventional," especially "heterosexual," 1941, probably in part from straight and narrow path "course of conventional morality and law-abiding behavior," which is based on a misreading of Matt. vii:14 (where the gate is actually strait), and the other influence seems to be from strait-laced.
Idioms and Phrases with straightness
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