- 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
Synonyms for straightSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for straight
Related Words for straightsfreedom, integrity, independence, probity, righteousness, goodness, rectitude, good, truth, propriety, straight, correctness, uprightness, liberty, lawfulness, reason, virtue, equity, emancipation, rightness
Examples from the Web for straights
Contemporary Examples of straights
And for the actual too-racy-for-primetime moments, edit them out just like you do for the straights.It’s About Damn Time for a Gay ‘Bachelor’
May 27, 2014
Few people much under the age of sixty see a compelling reason that straights should marry and gays should not.Why Gay Marriage Will Win, and Sexual Freedom Will Lose
March 26, 2013
My own guess is that most gays would embrace such a goal with as much (if not more) commitment as straights.Gays Against Polyamory
May 30, 2012
At the protest there were “straights, gays, Russians, Ethiopians, and even French tourists,” said Gene Epshteyn, 35.Bibi's Unlikely New Fan Club
June 5, 2010
They want to “get government out of the marriage business” and make domestic partnership the standard for gays and straights.Should Gays Ditch California?
May 26, 2009
Historical Examples of straights
I think we will meet the Marietta in the Straights of Magellan.
Noo, Beenie Walkinshaw, said she, I maun put you to the straights o a question.The Entail
The cross of two straights is the pole of the join of their poles.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
And I tell you he can see as straights ever, even if he is blind.
It is an Empire in these straights that turns to America, through Ireland, to save it.The Crime Against Europe
- 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 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