adjective, straighter, straightest.
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:
without circumlocution; frank; candid:
honest, honorable, or upright, as conduct, dealings, methods, or persons.
Informal. reliable, 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.
supporting 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.
undiluted, as whiskey.
Theater. (of acting) straightforward; not striving for effect.
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.
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.
to go straight to a place.
without circumlocution; frankly; candidly (often followed 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 followed 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.
Journalism. directly and objectively:
Write the circus story straight.
without personal embellishments, additions, etc.:
Tell the story straight. Sing the song straight.
(of liquor) served or drunk without ice, a mixer, or water; neat:
He drank his whiskey straight.
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.
Chiefly Games. a succession of strokes, plays, etc., which gives a perfect score.
go straight, Informal. to live a law-abiding life; no longer engage in crime.
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.
straight off, without delay; immediately:
I told him straight off what I thought about the matter.
Also, straight away.
straight up, (of a cocktail) served without ice:
a gin martini straight up.
not curved or crooked; continuing in the same direction without deviating
straightforward, outright, or candid: a straight rejection
even, level, or upright in shape or position
in keeping with the facts; accurate
honest, respectable, or reliable
accurate or logical: straight reasoning
(esp of an alcoholic drink) undiluted; neat
not crisp, kinked, or curly: straight hair
correctly arranged; orderly
(of a play, acting style, etc) straightforward or serious
(journalism) (of a story, article, etc) giving the facts without unnecessary embellishment
(US) sold at a fixed unit price irrespective of the quantity sold
(boxing) (of a blow) delivered with an unbent arm: a straight left
(of the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine) in line, rather than in a V-formation or in some other arrangement: a straight eight
a slang word for heterosexual
(informal) no longer owing or being owed something: if you buy the next round we’ll be straight
(slang) conventional in views, customs, appearance, etc
(slang) not using narcotics; not addicted
in a straight line or direct course
immediately; at once: he came straight back
in an even, level, or upright position
without cheating, lying, or unreliability: tell it to me straight
(US) without discount regardless of the quantity sold
(often foll by out) frankly; candidly: he told me straight out
(informal) go straight, to reform after having been dishonest or a criminal
the state of being straight
a straight line, form, part, or position
(Brit) a straight part of a racetrack US name straightaway
five cards that are in sequence irrespective of suit
a hand containing such a sequence
(as modifier): a straight flush
(slang) a conventional person
(slang) a heterosexual person
(slang) a cigarette containing only tobacco, without marijuana, etc
noun 1. a person who is forthright and upstanding in behavior. straight lane
- Straight sinus
straight sinus n. An unpaired sinus of the dura mater in the posterior part of the falx cerebri. Also called tentorial sinus.
noun 1. a narrow, oblong stall in which a horse or other animal cannot turn around.
- Straight talk
straight shooter straight talk Plain, honest speaking, as in We have to have some straight talk with Harry before he goes away to college. [ Late 1800s ]