straight(strāt),USA pronunciationadj.-er, -est,adv., n. adj.
without a bend, angle, or curve; not curved; direct:a straight path.
exactly vertical or horizontal; in a perfectly vertical or horizontal plane:a straight table.
(of a line) generated by a point moving at a constant velocity with respect to another point.
evenly or uprightly formed or set:straight shoulders.
without circumlocution; frank; candid:straight speaking.
honest, honorable, or upright, as conduct, dealings, methods, or persons.
Informal Termsreliable, as a report or information.
right or correct, as reasoning, thinking, or a thinker.
in the proper order or condition:Things are straight now.
continuous or unbroken:in straight succession.
thoroughgoing or unreserved:a straight Republican.
Governmentsupporting or cast for all candidates of one political party:to vote a straight ticket.
unmodified or unaltered:a straight comedy.
without change in the original melody or tempo:She does straight songs, with just the piano backing her.
free from using narcotics.
not engaged in crime; law-abiding; reformed.
Wineundiluted, as whiskey.
Show Business[Theat.](of acting) straightforward; not striving for effect.
Journalismwritten 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.
Games[Cards.]containing cards in consecutive denominations, as a two, three, four, five, and six, in various suits.
in a straight line:to walk straight.
in an even form or position:pictures hung straight.
in an erect posture:to stand up straight.
directly:to go straight to a place.
without circumlocution; frankly; candidly (often fol. by out).
honestly, honorably, or virtuously:to live straight.
without intricate involvement; not in a roundabout way; to the point.
in a steady course (often fol. by on):to keep straight on after the second traffic light.
into the proper form or condition; in order:to put a room straight.
in possession of the truth or of true ideas:I want to set you straight before you make mistakes.
sold without discount regardless of the quantity bought:Candy bars are twenty cents straight.
Journalismdirectly and objectively:Write the circus story straight.
without personal embellishments, additions, etc.:Tell the story straight. Sing the song straight.
Wine(of liquor) served or drunk without ice, a mixer, or water; neat:He drank his whiskey straight.
Informal Termsgo straight, to live a law-abiding life; no longer engage in crime.
Informal Termsplay it straight, to do something without jokes, tricks, subterfuge, distortions, or the like:a comedian who plays it straight when he crusades against drug abuse.
straight off, without delay; immediately:I told him straight off what I thought about the matter.Also, straight away.
Winestraight up, (of a cocktail) served without ice:a gin martini straight up.
the condition of being straight.
a straight form or position.
a straight line.
a straight part, as of a racecourse.
a person who follows traditional or conventional mores.
a person who is free from narcotics.
Games[Chiefly Games.]a succession of strokes, plays, etc., which gives a perfect score.
1250–1300; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English; origin, originally past participle of strecchen to stretch; (adverb, adverbial and noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the adjective, adjectival
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged open, direct.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged virtuous, just, fair, equitable.