WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
straight /streɪt/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n. 
  1. without a bend, angle, wave, or curve:a straight path from here to the mountain.
  2. exactly vertical or horizontal;
    level:straight shoulders.
  3. direct in character;
    truthful:We asked for a straight answer.
  4. honest;
    upright:He's always been fair and straight with us.
  5. reliable;
    agreeing with the facts;
    correct:straight reporting.
  6. logical;
    rational:straight thinking.
  7. being in the proper order or condition:Things are straight now.
  8. continuous;
    one after the other:We lost six straight games.
  9. complete;
    unqualified:a straight liberal.
  10. Governmentsupporting all candidates of one political party:Many party members voted a straight ticket.
  11. Slang Terms[Informal.]
    • heterosexual.
    • traditional;
      conventional:He's too straight to try anything that unusual.
    • free from using narcotics:He's straight and hasn't even seen a drug dealer in years.
    • not engaged in crime;
  12. Winenot diluted or mixed with water:straight whiskey.

  1. in a straight line:to walk straight.
  2. in or into an even or proper condition or position:Can you see if this picture is hung straight?
  3. in an erect posture:Stand straight.
  4. directly:Go straight home.
  5. frankly;
    candidly:Tell me straight: Are we still friends?
  6. in a proper, right manner, as by being free from drug use, criminal activity, etc.:He says he's gone straight and doesn't even think about stealing anymore.
  7. in possession of truth or facts;
    without lies or exaggeration:Let me set you straight on that rumor.
  8. without water added:to drink whiskey straight.

n. [countable]
  1. the condition of being straight.
  2. a straight form, part, or position.
  3. Slang Terms[Informal.]
    • a heterosexual:the question of gays and straights living together in the military.
    • one who follows conventional customs or morals.
  4. Gamesa sequence of five consecutive cards of various suits.
  1. Idiomsstraight off or away, without delay;
    immediately:He left straight away and didn't even say good-bye.
  2. Wine, Idiomsstraight up, served without ice:a martini straight up.

straight•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
straight (strāt),USA pronunciation  adj.  -er, -est, 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;
    candid:straight speaking.
  6. honest, honorable, or upright, as conduct, dealings, methods, or persons.
  7. Informal Termsreliable, 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. Governmentsupporting 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. Slang Terms[Informal.]
    • heterosexual.
    • traditional;
    • free from using narcotics.
    • not engaged in crime;
  16. Wineundiluted, as whiskey.
  17. Show Business[Theat.](of acting) straightforward;
    not striving for effect.
  18. 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.
  19. Games[Cards.]containing cards in consecutive denominations, as a two, three, four, five, and six, in various suits.

  1. in a straight line:to walk straight.
  2. in an even form or position:pictures hung straight.
  3. in an erect posture:to stand up straight.
  4. directly:to go straight to a place.
  5. without circumlocution;
    candidly (often fol. by out).
  6. honestly, honorably, or virtuously:to live straight.
  7. without intricate involvement;
    not in a roundabout way;
    to the point.
  8. in a steady course (often fol. by on):to keep straight on after the second traffic light.
  9. into the proper form or condition;
    in order:to put a room straight.
  10. in possession of the truth or of true ideas:I want to set you straight before you make mistakes.
  11. sold without discount regardless of the quantity bought:Candy bars are twenty cents straight.
  12. Journalismdirectly and objectively:Write the circus story straight.
  13. without personal embellishments, additions, etc.:Tell the story straight. Sing the song straight.
  14. Wine(of liquor) served or drunk without ice, a mixer, or water;
    neat:He drank his whiskey straight.
  15. Informal Termsgo straight, to live a law-abiding life;
    no longer engage in crime.
  16. 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.
  17. straight off, without delay;
    immediately:I told him straight off what I thought about the matter.Also,  straight away. 
  18. Winestraight up, (of a cocktail) served without ice:a gin martini straight up.

  1. the condition of being straight.
  2. a straight form or position.
  3. a straight line.
  4. a straight part, as of a racecourse.
  5. Slang Terms[Informal.]
    • a heterosexual.
    • a person who follows traditional or conventional mores.
    • a person who is free from narcotics.
  6. Games[Chiefly Games.]a succession of strokes, plays, etc., which gives a perfect score.
straightly, adv. 
straightness, n. 
  • 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.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged crooked.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged devious.

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straight /streɪt/ adj
  1. not curved or crooked; continuing in the same direction without deviating
  2. straightforward, outright, or candid: a straight rejection
  3. even, level, or upright in shape or position
  4. in keeping with the facts; accurate
  5. honest, respectable, or reliable
  6. accurate or logical: straight reasoning
  7. continuous; uninterrupted
  8. (esp of an alcoholic drink) undiluted; neat
  9. not crisp, kinked, or curly: straight hair
  10. correctly arranged; orderly
  11. (of a play, acting style, etc) straightforward or serious
  12. (of a blow) delivered with an unbent arm: a straight left
  13. (of the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine) in line, rather than in a V-formation or in some other arrangement: a straight eight
  14. a slang word for heterosexual
  15. informal no longer owing or being owed something: if you buy the next round we'll be straight
  16. slang conventional in views, customs, appearance, etc
  17. slang not using narcotics; not addicted
  1. in a straight line or direct course
  2. immediately; at once: he came straight back
  3. in an even, level, or upright position
  4. without cheating, lying, or unreliability: tell it to me straight
  5. continuously; uninterruptedly
  6. (often followed by out) frankly; candidly: he told me straight out
  7. go straightinformal to reform after having been dishonest or a criminal
  1. the state of being straight
  2. a straight line, form, part, or position
  3. Brit a straight part of a racetrack
  4. five cards that are in sequence irrespective of suit
  5. a hand containing such a sequence
  6. (as modifier): a straight flush
  7. slang a conventional person
  8. slang a heterosexual person
  9. slang a cigarette containing only tobacco, without marijuana, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from the past participle of Old English streccan to stretch

ˈstraightly adv ˈstraightness n

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