from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extending continuously in the same direction without curving: a straight line.
  • adj. Having no waves or bends: straight hair.
  • adj. Not bent or bowed; rigid or erect: a straight, strong back.
  • adj. Sports Of or relating to a midair position in diving or gymnastics in which the body is held rigid without bending at the hips or knees.
  • adj. Perfectly horizontal or vertical; level or even: The mirror isn't straight.
  • adj. Direct and candid: a straight answer.
  • adj. Following a direct or correct method or approach; systematic: straight reasoning.
  • adj. Coming from a reliable source; factual: a straight tip; straight information.
  • adj. Showing or marked by honesty or fair-mindedness: straight business dealings.
  • adj. Right; correct: made sure the facts were straight in the report.
  • adj. Neatly arranged; orderly: The room is straight again.
  • adj. Uninterrupted; consecutive: sick for five straight days; their fourth straight victory.
  • adj. Having the parts or details in correct sequence.
  • adj. Games Constituting a straight in poker.
  • adj. Characterized by undeviating support, as of a principle or a political party: always votes a straight party line; a straight Democrat.
  • adj. Not deviating from what is considered socially normal, usual, or acceptable; conventional.
  • adj. Conventional to an extreme degree.
  • adj. Heterosexual.
  • adj. Slang Not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • adj. Not deviating from the normal or strict form: straight Freudian analysis.
  • adj. Not altered, embellished, or modified: does straight comedy.
  • adj. Concerned with serious or important matters: a straight drama without comedy or music.
  • adj. Of or relating to a straight man.
  • adj. Not mixed with anything else; undiluted: straight bourbon.
  • adj. Sold without discount regardless of the amount purchased.
  • adv. In a straight line; directly.
  • adv. In an erect posture; upright.
  • adv. Sports In the straight position, as in diving.
  • adv. Without detour or delay: went straight home.
  • adv. Without circumlocution; candidly: I'll say it to you straight: you're wrong.
  • adv. In a neat and orderly condition: put the living room straight.
  • adv. In an honest, law-abiding, or virtuous manner: lives straight.
  • adv. Without stopping; continuously: walked six hours straight.
  • adv. Without embellishment or modification: tell the joke straight.
  • adv. Without ice, water, or a mixer: drink whiskey straight.
  • n. The straight part, as of a road: "The car darted forward on to the straight” ( Kingsley Amis).
  • n. The straight part of a racecourse between the winning post and the last turn.
  • n. A straight line.
  • n. A straight form or position.
  • n. Games A poker hand containing five cards of various suits in numerical sequence, ranked above three of a kind and below a flush.
  • n. A conventional person, especially one considered a member of established society.
  • n. A heterosexual person.
  • idiom straight up Served without ice: whiskey straight up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Heterosexual.
  • adv. Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line.
  • adv. Of movement or travel, directly; without pause, delay or detour.
  • adv. Continuously; without interruption or pause.
  • n. A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.
  • n. A heterosexual.
  • n. In poker, five cards in sequence.
  • v. To straighten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A variant of strait, a.
  • adj. Right, in a mathematical sense; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; direct; not deviating or crooked.
  • adj. Approximately straight; not much curved.
  • adj. Composed of cards which constitute a regular sequence, as the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten-spot
  • adj. Conforming to justice and rectitude; not deviating from truth or fairness; upright.
  • adj. Unmixed; undiluted.
  • adj. Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party; ; also, containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others.
  • adv. In a straight manner; directly; rightly; forthwith; immediately.
  • n. A hand of five cards in consecutive order as to value; a sequence. When they are of one suit, it is calles straight flush.
  • transitive v. To straighten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stretched; drawn out.
  • Without bend or deviation, like a string tightly stretched; not crooked or curved; right; in geometry, lying, as a line, evenly between its points.
  • Without interruption or break; direct.
  • Direct; authoritative; sure; reliable: as, a straight tip.
  • Upright; marked by adherence to truth and fairness; fair; honorable: as, a man straight in all his dealings.
  • Proceeding or acting with directness; keeping true to the course.
  • Free from disorder or irregularity; in order: as, his accounts are not quite straight.
  • Unqualified; unreserved; out-and-out: as, a straight Democrat (that is, one who supports the entire platform and policy of his party).
  • Unmixed; undiluted; neat.
  • East and west; along an east and west line: used of the position of the body in Christian burial.
  • In poker, consisting of a sequence; forming a straight: as, a straight hand; a straight flush.
  • n. The condition of being straight, or free from curvature or crookedness of any kind: as, to be out of the straight.
  • n. A straight part or direction: as, the straight of a piece of timber.
  • n. In poker, a sequence of cards, generally five in number, or a hand containing such a sequence.
  • In a straight line; without swerving or deviating from the direct course; directly.
  • At once; immediately; directly; straightway.
  • To make straight; straighten.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of strait.
  • n. In geometry, a straight line.
  • n. In trap-shooting, a perfect score.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. erect in posture
  • adv. in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
  • adj. no longer coiled
  • adj. having no deviations
  • adj. successive (without a break)
  • n. a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
  • adj. neatly arranged; not disorderly
  • adj. rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
  • adj. without water
  • adj. free from curves or angles
  • adj. following a correct or logical method
  • adj. without evasion or compromise
  • adj. (of hair) having no waves or curls
  • adv. in a straight line; in a direct course
  • n. a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
  • adv. without deviation
  • adj. accurately fitted; level
  • n. a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
  • adj. in keeping with the facts
  • adj. characterized by honesty and fairness
  • adj. not homosexual


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from past participle of strecchen, to stretch; see stretch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English streght, the past participle of strechen ("to stretch"), from Old English streccan.


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