Definition of straight adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//streɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//streɪt//
    (straighter, straightest) Honest
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    without curves
  1. 1  without a bend or curve; going in one direction only a straight line a straight road long straight hair (= without curls) a boat sailing in a straight line straight-backed chairs
  2. clothing
  3. 2  not fitting close to the body and not curving away from the body a straight skirt
  4. aim/blow
  5. 3going directly to the correct place a straight punch to the face
  6. in level/correct position
  7. 4  positioned in the correct way; level, vertical or parallel to something Is my tie straight?
  8. clean/neat
  9. 5[not usually before noun] clean and neat, with everything in the correct place It took hours to get the house straight.
  10. honest
  11. 6honest and direct a straight answer to a straight question I don't think you're being straight with me. It's time for some straight talking. You can trust Ben—he’s (as) straight as a die(= completely honest). Synonymshonestfrank direct open outspoken straight bluntThese words all describe people saying exactly what they mean without trying to hide feelings, opinions or facts.honest not hiding the truth about something:Thank you for being so honest with me.frank honest in what you say, sometimes in a way that other people might not like:To be frank with you, I think your son has little chance of passing the exam.direct saying exactly what you mean in a way that nobody can pretend not to understand:You’ll have to get used to his direct manner. Being direct is sometimes considered positive but sometimes it is used as a ‘polite’ way of saying that somebody is rude.open (approving) (of a person) not keeping thoughts and feelings hidden:He was quite open about his reasons for leaving.outspoken saying exactly what you think, even if this shocks or offends people:She was outspoken in her criticism of the plan.straight honest and direct:I don’t think you’re being straight with me.blunt saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite:She has a reputation for blunt speaking.which word? Honest and frank refer to what you say as much as how you say it:a(n) honest/​frank admission of guilt. They are generally positive words, although it is possible to be too frank in a way that other people might not like. Direct, outspoken and blunt all describe somebody’s manner of saying what they think. Outspoken suggests that you are willing to shock people by saying what you believe to be right. Blunt and direct often suggest that you think honesty is more important than being polite. Open is positive and describes somebody’s character:I’m a very open person.Patterns honest/​frank/​direct/​open/​outspoken/​straight about something honest/​frank/​direct/​open/​straight/​blunt with somebody a(n) honest/​direct/​straight/​blunt answer a frank/​direct/​blunt manner See related entries: Honest
  12. choice
  13. 7[only before noun] simple; involving only two clear choices It was a straight choice between taking the job and staying out of work. (British English) The election was a straight fight between the two main parties.
  14. actor/play
  15. 8[only before noun] (of an actor or a play) not connected with comedy or musical theatre, but with serious theatre
  16. without interruption
  17. 9[only before noun] one after another in a series, without interruption synonym consecutive The team has had five straight wins.
  18. alcoholic drink
  19. 10(North American English) (British English neat) not mixed with water or anything else
  20. normal/boring
  21. 11(informal) you can use straight to describe a person who is normal and ordinary, but who you consider dull and boring
  22. sex
  23. 12(informal) heterosexual opposite gay
  24. Word OriginMiddle English (as an adjective and adverb): archaic past participle of stretch.Extra examples Can you hang that sign straight for me? His teeth were white and perfectly straight. I think he was pretty straight with me. I’m trying to get the house straight before the weekend. Keep going in a dead straight line. Keep the car straight when you’re backing out. Keep your back absolutely straight. Let’s get this absolutely straight. She had curled her naturally straight hair. She held herself very straight. She soon set me straight about what had happened. She tidied up and put the ornaments straight. He stepped back to make sure that the picture was straight. I don’t think you’re being straight with me. I expect a straight answer to a straight question. I was stranded for nine straight weeks. It’s time for some straight talking. She won in straight sets. The team has had six straight wins. This was our third straight victory. You can trust Ben—he’s (as) straight as a die.Idioms to make a situation clear; to make sure that you or somebody else understands the situation Let's get this straight—you really had no idea where he was?
    put/set the record straight
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    to give people the correct information about something in order to make it clear that what they previously believed was in fact wrong To put the record straight, I do not support that idea and never have done.
    put/set somebody straight (about/on something)
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    to correct somebody’s mistake; to make sure that somebody knows the correct facts when they have had the wrong idea or impression
    ramrod straight, (as) straight as a ramrod
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    (of a person) with a very straight back and looking serious and formal Her back was ramrod straight. He stood there straight as a ramrod.
    the straight and narrow
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    (informal) the honest and morally acceptable way of living His wife is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow.
    if you keep a straight face, you do not laugh or smile, although you find something funny see also straight-faced
    (earn/get) straight A’s
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    (especially North American English) (to get) the best marks/grades in all your classes a straight A student
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: straight