Meaning of STRAIGHT in English


— straightly , adv. — straightness , n.

/strayt/ , adj. straighter, straightest , adv. , n.


1. without a bend, angle, or curve; not curved; direct: a straight path.

2. exactly vertical or horizontal; in a perfectly vertical or horizontal plane: a straight table.

3. (of a line) generated by a point moving at a constant velocity with respect to another point.

4. evenly or uprightly formed or set: straight shoulders.

5. without circumlocution; frank; candid: straight speaking.

6. honest, honorable, or upright, as conduct, dealings, methods, or persons.

7. Informal. reliable, as a report or information.

8. right or correct, as reasoning, thinking, or a thinker.

9. in the proper order or condition: Things are straight now.

10. continuous or unbroken: in straight succession.

11. thoroughgoing or unreserved: a straight Republican.

12. supporting or cast for all candidates of one political party: to vote a straight ticket.

13. unmodified or unaltered: a straight comedy.

14. without change in the original melody or tempo: She does straight songs, with just the piano backing her.

15. Informal.

a. heterosexual.

b. traditional; conventional.

c. free from using narcotics.

d. not engaged in crime; law-abiding; reformed.

16. undiluted, as whiskey.

17. Theat. (of acting) straightforward; not striving for effect.

18. 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.

19. Cards. containing cards in consecutive denominations, as a two, three, four, five, and six, in various suits.


20. in a straight line: to walk straight.

21. in an even form or position: pictures hung straight.

22. in an erect posture: to stand up straight.

23. directly: to go straight to a place.

24. without circumlocution; frankly; candidly (often fol. by out ).

25. honestly, honorably, or virtuously: to live straight.

26. without intricate involvement; not in a roundabout way; to the point.

27. in a steady course (often fol. by on ): to keep straight on after the second traffic light.

28. into the proper form or condition; in order: to put a room straight.

29. in possession of the truth or of true ideas: I want to set you straight before you make mistakes.

30. sold without discount regardless of the quantity bought: Candy bars are twenty cents straight.

31. Journalism. directly and objectively: Write the circus story straight.

32. without personal embellishments, additions, etc.: Tell the story straight. Sing the song straight.

33. (of liquor) served or drunk without ice, a mixer, or water; neat: He drank his whiskey straight.

34. go straight , Informal. to live a law-abiding life; no longer engage in crime.

35. 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.

36. straight off , without delay; immediately: I told him straight off what I thought about the matter. Also, straight away .

37. straight up , (of a cocktail) served without ice: a gin martini straight up.


38. the condition of being straight.

39. a straight form or position.

40. a straight line.

41. a straight part, as of a racecourse.

42. Informal.

a. a heterosexual.

b. a person who follows traditional or conventional mores.

c. a person who is free from narcotics.

43. Chiefly Games. a succession of strokes, plays, etc., which gives a perfect score.

[ 1250-1300; (adj.) ME; orig. ptp. of strecchen to STRETCH; (adv. and n.) ME, deriv. of the adj. ]

Syn. 5. open, direct. 6. virtuous, just, fair, equitable.

Ant. 1. crooked. 5. devious.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .