I. adjective Etymology: Middle English streght, straight, from past participle of strecchen to stretch — more at stretch Date: 14th century 1. a. free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities <
straight hair
straight timber
b. generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation <
a straight line
the straight segment of a curve
2. a. lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method <
a straight thinker
b. candid, frank <
a straight answer
c. coming directly from a trustworthy source <
a straight tip on the horses
d. (1) having the elements in an order <
the straight sequence of events
(2) consecutive <
12 straight days
e. having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line <
a straight 8-cylinder engine
f. plumb, vertical <
the picture isn't quite straight
3. a. exhibiting honesty and fairness <
straight dealing
b. properly ordered or arranged <
set the kitchen straight
set us straight on that issue
; also correct <
get the facts straight
c. free from extraneous matter ; unmixed <
straight whiskey
d. marked by no exceptions or deviations in support of a principle or party <
votes a straight Democratic ticket
e. having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold f. not deviating from an indicated pattern <
writes straight humor
a straight-A student
g. (1) exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper ; conventional; also square 5f (2) not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol h. heterosexual 4. being the only form of remuneration <
on straight commission
straightish adjectivestraightly adverbstraightness noun II. adverb Date: 14th century in a straight manner <
came straight home from work
III. transitive verb Date: 15th century chiefly Scottish straighten IV. noun Date: 1645 1. something that is straight: as a. a straight line or arrangement b. straightaway; especially homestretch c. a true or honest report or course 2. a. a sequence (as of shots, strokes, or moves) resulting in a perfect score in a game or contest b. first place at the finish of a horse race ; win 3. a poker hand containing five cards in sequence but not of the same suit — see poker illustration 4. a person who adheres to conventional attitudes and mores

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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