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
adjective 1. achieving or showing the highest grade or superior accomplishment, especially scholastically: a straight A report card.
[streyt-uh-hed] /ˈstreɪt əˌhɛd/ adjective 1. not deviating from what is usual or expected; conventional or traditional; standard: a straight-ahead novel with a happy ending. straddler
noun 1. the way of virtuous or proper conduct: After his release from prison, he resolved to follow the straight and narrow. straight and narrow noun 1. (informal) the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour straight
noun 1. the angle formed by two radii of a circle that are drawn to the extremities of an arc equal to one half of the circle; an angle of 180°. straight angle noun 1. an angle of 180° straight angle (strāt) An angle having a measure of 180°.