(1)   Right; in keeping with the facts
"Set the record straight"
"Made sure the facts were straight in the report"
(2)   Successive (without a break)
"Sick for five straight days"
(3)   Rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
(4)   Following a correct or logical method
"Straight reasoning"
(5)   Without water
"Took his whiskey neat"
(6)   Without evasion or compromise
"A square contradiction"
"He is not being as straightforward as it appears"
(7)   Accurately fitted; level
"The window frame isn't quite true"
(8)   (of hair) having no waves or curls
"Her naturally straight hair hung long and silky"
(9)   Not homosexual
(10)   Erect in posture
"Sit straight"
"Stood defiantly with unbowed back"
(11)   Having no deviations
"Straight lines"
"Straight roads across the desert"
"Straight teeth"
"Straight shoulders"
(12)   Free from curves or angles
"A straight line"
(13)   No longer coiled
(14)   Characterized by honesty and fairness
"Straight dealing"
"A square deal"
(15)   Neatly arranged; not disorderly
"The room is straight now"


(16)   Without deviation
"The path leads directly to the lake"
"Went direct to the office"
(17)   In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
"He didn't answer directly"
"Told me straight out"
"Came out flat for less work and more pay"
(18)   In a straight line; in a direct course
"The road runs straight"


(19)   A straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
(20)   A poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
(21)   A heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex


, the past participle of , from .


  1. Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length.
    a straight line.
  2. Strictly along political lines.
    He always votes a straight ticket.
  3. Direct, truthful, frank.
    a straight answer.
  4. As it should be.
    Everything is straight now.
  5. Undiluted.
    straight whiskey.
  6. Having all cylinders in a single row. (referring to an internal combustion engine)
    a straight six.
  7. Conventional.
  8. Heterosexual.
  9. Satisfied.
  10. Boring, unappealing, bad or of low quality.
  11. On, or near a line running between the two wickets.

Usage notes

  • Straight is sometimes humorously used as meaning low quality by homosexuals and bisexuals, rather than gay.

See also

  • straight-acting
  • straight-arm
  • straight-faced
  • straight-forward
  • straight A
  • straight and narrow
  • straight arm
  • straight bat
  • straight dinkum
  • straight edge
  • straight face
  • straight forward
  • straight from the horse's mouth


  1. Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line.
    The door will be straight ahead of you.
    Go straight back.
  2. Of movement or travel, directly; without pause, delay or detour.
    On arriving at work, he went straight to his office.
  3. Continuously; without interruption or pause.
    He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight.


  1. A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.
  2. A heterosexual.
  3. In poker, five cards in sequence.