Meaning of STRAIGHT in English

STRAIGHT

/ streɪt; NAmE / adverb , adjective , noun

■ adverb

( straight·er , straight·est )

NOT IN CURVE

1.

not in a curve or at an angle; in a straight line :

Keep straight on for two miles.

Can you stretch your arms out straighter?

He was too tired to walk straight.

I can't shoot straight (= accurately) .

She looked me straight in the eye.

IMMEDIATELY

2.

by a direct route; immediately :

Come straight home after school.

I was so tired I went straight to bed.

She went straight from college to a top job.

I'm going to the library straight after the class.

I'll come straight to the point —your work isn't good enough.

IN LEVEL / CORRECT POSITION

3.

in or into a level or vertical position; in or into the correct position :

Sit up straight!

She pulled her hat straight.

HONESTLY

4.

honestly and directly :

I told him straight that I didn't like him.

Are you playing straight with me?

WITHOUT INTERRUPTION

5.

continuously without interruption :

They had been working for 16 hours straight.

IDIOMS

- go straight

- play it straight

- straight away

- straight from the shoulder

- straight off / out

- straight up

—more at think verb

■ adjective

( straight·er , straight·est )

WITHOUT CURVES

1.

without a bend or curve; going in one direction only :

a straight line

a straight road

long straight hair (= without curls)

a boat sailing in a straight line

straight-backed chairs

—picture at line

CLOTHING

2.

not fitting close to the body and not curving away from the body :

a straight skirt

AIM / BLOW

3.

going directly to the correct place :

a straight punch to the face

IN LEVEL / CORRECT POSITION

4.

positioned in the correct way; level, vertical or parallel to sth :

Is my tie straight?

CLEAN / NEAT

5.

[ not usually before noun ] clean and neat, with everything in the correct place :

It took hours to get the house straight.

HONEST

6.

honest and direct :

a straight answer to a straight question

I don't think you're being straight with me.

It's time for some straight talking .

➡ note at honest

CHOICE

7.

[ only before noun ] simple; involving only two clear choices :

It was a straight choice between taking the job and staying out of work.

( BrE )

The election was a straight fight between the two main parties.

ACTOR / PLAY

8.

[ only before noun ] ( of an actor or a play ) not connected with comedy or musical theatre, but with serious theatre

WITHOUT INTERRUPTION

9.

[ only before noun ] one after another in a series, without interruption

SYN consecutive :

The team has had five straight wins.

ALCOHOLIC DRINK

10.

( NAmE ) ( BrE neat ) not mixed with water or anything else

NORMAL / BORING

11.

( informal ) you can use straight to describe a person who is normal and ordinary, but who you consider dull and boring

SEX

12.

( informal ) heterosexual

OPP gay

►  straight·ness noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- get sth straight

- put / set sb straight (about / on sth)

- (earn / get) straight A's

- the straight and narrow

- a straight face

—more at ramrod , record noun

■ noun

SEX

1.

( informal ) a person who has sexual relationships with people of the opposite sex, rather than the same sex :

gays and straights

OF ROAD / TRACK

2.

( NAmE also straight·away ) a straight part of a racetrack or road

—see also the home straight

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (as an adjective and adverb): archaic past participle of stretch .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.