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
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
- 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