Meaning of STRAIGHT in English

STRAIGHT

(~er, ~est, ~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

A ~ line or edge continues in the same direction and does not bend or curve.

Keep the boat in a ~ line...

Using the ~ edge as a guide, trim the cloth to size...

There wasn’t a single ~ wall in the building.

ADJ

Straight is also an adverb.

Stand ~ and stretch the left hand to the right foot...

ADV: ADV after v

2.

Straight hair has no curls or waves in it.

Grace had long ~ dark hair which she wore in a bun.

ADJ: usu ADJ n

3.

You use ~ to indicate that the way from one place to another is very direct, with no changes of direction.

The ball fell ~ to the feet of Klinsmann...

He finished his conversation and stood up, looking ~ at me...

Straight ahead were the low cabins of the motel.

ADV: ADV prep/adv

4.

If you go ~ to a place, you go there immediately.

As always, we went ~ to the experts for advice...

ADV: ADV prep/adv

5.

If you give someone a ~ answer, you answer them clearly and honestly.

What a shifty arguer he is, refusing ever to give a ~ answer.

ADJ: ADJ n

Straight is also an adverb.

I lost my temper and told him ~ that I hadn’t been looking for any job.

ADV: ADV after v

6.

Straight means following one after the other, with no gaps or intervals.

They’d won 12 ~ games before they lost.

ADJ: ADJ n

Straight is also an adverb.

He called from Weddington, having been there for 31 hours ~.

ADV: n ADV

7.

A ~ choice or a ~ fight involves only two people or things.

It’s a ~ choice between low-paid jobs and no jobs...

ADJ: ADJ n

8.

If you describe someone as ~, you mean that they are normal and conventional, for example in their opinions and in the way they live.

Dorothy was described as a very ~ woman, a very strict Christian who was married to her job.

ADJ

9.

If you describe someone as ~, you mean that they are heterosexual rather than homosexual. (INFORMAL)

His sexual orientation was a lot more gay than ~...

? gay

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ

Straight is also a noun.

...a standard of sexual conduct that applies equally to gays and ~s.

N-COUNT

10.

A ~ drink, especially an alcoholic drink, has not had another liquid such as water added to it.

...a large ~ whiskey without ice...

= neat

ADJ: ADJ n, v n ADJ

11.

On a racetrack, a ~ is a section of the track that is ~, rather than curved.

I went to overtake him on the back ~ on the last lap.

N-COUNT

see also home ~

12.

If you get something ~, you make sure that you understand it properly or that someone else does. (SPOKEN)

Let’s get things ~. I didn’t lunch with her.

PHRASE: V inflects

13.

If a criminal is going ~, they are no longer involved in crime.

PHRASE: V inflects

14.

If something keeps people on the ~ and narrow, it helps to keep them living an honest or healthy life.

All her efforts to keep him on the ~ and narrow have been rewarded.

PHRASE: PHR after v

15.

a ~ face: see face

to set the record ~: see record

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