- 1in a direct line The arrow flew straight and true to the target. He shot true. correctly
- 2speak true to tell the truth He had spoken truer than he knew. Word Familytrue adjective (≠untrue)truth nountruthful adjective (≠untruthful)truthfully adverbtruly adverb Word Origin Old English trēowe, trȳwe ‘steadfast, loyal’; related to Dutch getrouw, German treu, also to truce.