Meaning of STRAIGHT in English


I. ˈstrāt adjective

Etymology: Middle English streght, straight, from past participle of strecchen to stretch — more at stretch

Date: 14th century


a. : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities

straight hair

straight timber

b. : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation

a straight line

the straight segment of a curve


a. : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method

a straight thinker

b. : candid , frank

a straight answer

c. : coming directly from a trustworthy source

a straight tip on the horses


(1) : having the elements in an order

the straight sequence of events

(2) : consecutive

12 straight days

e. : having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line

a straight 8-cylinder engine

f. : plumb , vertical

the picture isn't quite straight


a. : exhibiting honesty and fairness

straight dealing

b. : properly ordered or arranged

set the kitchen straight

set us straight on that issue

also : correct

get the facts straight

c. : free from extraneous matter : unmixed

straight whiskey

d. : marked by no exceptions or deviations in support of a principle or party

votes a straight Democratic ticket

e. : having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold

f. : not deviating from an indicated pattern

writes straight humor

a straight -A student


(1) : exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper : conventional ; also : square 5f

(2) : not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol

h. : heterosexual

4. : being the only form of remuneration

on straight commission

• straight·ish ˈstrā-tish adjective

• straight·ly adverb

• straight·ness noun

II. adverb

Date: 14th century

: in a straight manner

came straight home from work

III. transitive verb

Date: 15th century

chiefly Scottish : straighten

IV. noun

Date: 1645

1. : something that is straight: as

a. : a straight line or arrangement

b. : straightaway ; especially : homestretch

c. : a true or honest report or course


a. : a sequence (as of shots, strokes, or moves) resulting in a perfect score in a game or contest

b. : first place at the finish of a horse race : win

3. : a poker hand containing five cards in sequence but not of the same suit — see poker illustration

4. : a person who adheres to conventional attitudes and mores

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