straight Definition

  • 1extending or moving uniformly in one direction only; without a curve or bend
  • 2properly positioned so as to be level, upright, or symmetrical
  • 3honest and direct in attitude or behavior

Using straight: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "straight" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has straight hair that falls to her waist.

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    The road ahead was long and straight.

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    Please make sure the picture is straight on the wall.

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    He gave me a straight answer to my question.

straight Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for straight

Phrases with straight

  • the honest and moral way of living


    After his time in prison, he decided to stay on the straight and narrow path.

  • information that comes directly from the source


    I heard straight from the horse's mouth that the company is going bankrupt.

  • a person who is honest and direct in their dealings


    I trust him because he's a straight shooter and always tells the truth.

Origins of straight

from Old English 'streht', meaning 'direct, straightforward'


Summary: straight in Brief

The term 'straight' [streɪt] refers to something extending or moving uniformly in one direction without a curve or bend. It can also mean properly positioned to be level, upright, or symmetrical. Additionally, it can describe someone who is honest and direct in attitude or behavior. Phrases like 'straight and narrow' and 'straight from the horse's mouth' are commonly used to convey a sense of honesty and directness.

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