What does Straight mean?

Definitions for Straight

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Straight.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heterosexual, heterosexual person, straight person, straightnoun

    a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

  2. straightnoun

    a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)

  3. straightaway, straightadjective

    a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

  4. straight, consecutiveadjective

    successive (without a break)

    "sick for five straight days"

  5. straightadjective

    having no deviations

    "straight lines"; "straight roads across the desert"; "straight teeth"; "straight shoulders"

  6. straightadjective

    (of hair) having no waves or curls

    "her naturally straight hair hung long and silky"

  7. straight, unbent, unbowedadjective

    erect in posture

    "sit straight"; "stood defiantly with unbowed back"

  8. straightadjective

    in keeping with the facts

    "set the record straight"; "made sure the facts were straight in the report"

  9. straight, squareadjective

    characterized by honesty and fairness

    "straight dealing"; "a square deal"

  10. uncoiled, straightadjective

    no longer coiled

  11. straightadjective

    free from curves or angles

    "a straight line"

  12. straightadjective

    neatly arranged; not disorderly

    "the room is straight now"

  13. straightadjective

    not homosexual

  14. true, straightadjective

    accurately fitted; level

    "the window frame isn't quite true"

  15. square(a), straightforward, straightadjective

    without evasion or compromise

    "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears"

  16. neat, straight, full-strengthadjective

    without water

    "took his whiskey neat"

  17. straightadjective

    following a correct or logical method

    "straight reasoning"

  18. square, straightadverb

    rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

  19. directly, straight, directadverb

    without deviation

    "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"

  20. directly, flat, straightadverb

    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"

  21. straightadverb

    in a straight line; in a direct course

    "the road runs straight"


  1. straightnoun

    A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.

  2. straightnoun

    A heterosexual.

    My friends call straights "heteros".

  3. straightnoun

    In poker, five cards in sequence.

  4. straightnoun

    A cigarette, particularly one containing tobacco instead of marijuana. Also straighter.

  5. straightadverb

    Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line.

  6. straightadverb

    Of movement or travel, directly; without pause, delay or detour.

    On arriving at work, he went straight to his office.

  7. straightadverb

    Continuously; without interruption or pause.

    He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight.

  8. straightadjective

    Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length.

  9. straightadjective

    Stretched out; fully extended.

  10. straightadjective

    Of a path, trajectory etc.: direct, undeviating.

  11. straightadjective

    Free from dishonesty; honest, law-abiding.

  12. straightadjective

    Perfectly horizontal or vertical; not diagonal or oblique.

  13. straightadjective

    Direct in communication; unevasive, straightforward.

  14. straightadjective

    Describing the sets in a match of which the winner did not lose a single set.

  15. straightadjective

    In a row, in unbroken sequence.

  16. straightadjective

    In proper order; as it should be.

  17. straightadjective

    Of spirits: undiluted, unmixed; neat.

  18. straightadjective

    Describing the bat as held so as not to incline to either side; on, or near a line running between the two wickets.

  19. straightadjective

    Conventional, socially acceptable; unadventurous.

  20. straightadjective

    Not using alcohol, drugs etc.

  21. straightadjective


  22. Etymology: streght, the past participle of strechen, from streccan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRAIGHTadjective

    Etymology: strack, old Dutch.

    Beauty made barren the swell’d boast
    Of him that best could speak; feature, laming
    The shrine of Venus, or straight-pight Minerva. William Shakespeare.

    A hunter’s horn and cornet is oblique; yet they have likewise straight horns; which, if they be of the same bore with the oblique, differ little in sound, save that the straight require somewhat a stronger blast. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    There are many several sorts of crooked lines; but there is one only which is straight Dryden.

    Water and air the varied form confound;
    The straight looks crooked, and the square grows round. Matthew Prior.

    When I see a strait staff appear crooked while half under the water, the water gives me a false idea. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Queen Elizabeth I used to say of her instructions to great officers, that they were like to garments, strait at the first putting on, but did by and by wear loose enough. Francis Bacon.

  2. Straightadverb

    Immediately; directly. This sense is naturally derived from the adjective, as a straight line is the shortest line between two points.

    Etymology: strax, Danish; strack, Dutch.

    If the devil come and roar for them,
    I will not send them. I will after straight,
    And tell him so. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Those stinks which the nostrils straight abhor and expel, are not the most pernicious. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    With chalk I first describe a circle here,
    Where the ætherial spirits must appear:
    Come in, come in; for here they will be strait:
    Around, around the place I fumigate. Dryden.

    I know thy generous temper well,
    Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it,
    It straight takes fire, and mounts into a blaze. Addison.


  1. straight

    The term "straight" typically refers to something that is in a direct line or position without any curves, bends, or deviations. It can also refer to an individual's sexual orientation, indicating attraction exclusively to the opposite gender.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straightadjective

    a variant of Strait, a

  2. Straight

    right, in a mathematical sense; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; direct; not deviating or crooked; as, a straight line or course; a straight piece of timber

  3. Straight

    approximately straight; not much curved; as, straight ribs are such as pass from the base of a leaf to the apex, with a small curve

  4. Straight

    composed of cards which constitute a regular sequence, as the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten-spot; as, a straight hand; a straight flush

  5. Straight

    conforming to justice and rectitude; not deviating from truth or fairness; upright; as, straight dealing

  6. Straight

    unmixed; undiluted; as, to take liquor straight

  7. Straight

    making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party; as, a straight Republican; a straight Democrat; also, containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others; as, a straight ballot

  8. Straightadverb

    in a straight manner; directly; rightly; forthwith; immediately; as, the arrow went straight to the mark

  9. Straightnoun

    a hand of five cards in consecutive order as to value; a sequence. When they are of one suit, it is calles straight flush

  10. Straightverb

    to straighten

  11. Etymology: [OE. streit, properly p. p. of strecchen to stretch, AS. streht, p. p. of streccan to stretch, to extend. See Stretch.]


  1. Straight

    Straight??!! is rock band The Dogs D'Amour's fifth studio album, it was released in the year 1990. It entered the UK Albums Chart at #32. Notably this album is the last Dogs D'Amour recording to feature the 'classic' line-up of Tyla, Steve James, Jo Dog and Bam, as the band would break up onstage in 1991. The album spawned three singles; "Victims Of Success", "Empty World" and "Back On The Juice", all of which reached the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart, the first of which was a Top 40 hit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Straight

    strāt, adj. direct: being in a right line: not crooked: nearest: upright: free from disorder: honourable, fair: unqualified, out-and-out: consisting of a sequence at poker: (slang) undiluted, neat, as a dram of whisky, &c., direct, authoritative, reliable.—adv. immediately: in the shortest time.—v.t. to straighten.—n. Straight′-arch, an arch in the form of two sides of an isosceles triangle.—adjs. Straight′away, straight forward; Straight′-cut, cut lengthwise of the leaf, of tobacco.—n. Straight′-edge, a narrow board or piece of metal having one edge perfectly straight for applying to a surface to ascertain whether it be exactly even.—v.t. Straight′en, to make straight.—ns. Straight′ener, one who, or that which, straightens; Straight′-face, a sober, unsmiling face.—adv. Straight′forth directly: henceforth.—adj. Straightfor′ward, going forward in a straight course: honest: open: downright.—adv. Straightfor′wardly.—n. Straightfor′wardness, direction in a straight course: undeviating rectitude.—adv. Straight′ly, tightly: closely.—n. Straight′ness, narrowness: tightness.—adjs. Straight′-out, out-and-out; Straight′-pight (Shak.), straight, erect.—adv. Straight′way, directly: immediately: without loss of time. [A.S. streht, pa.p. of streccan, to stretch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. straight

    A passage connecting one part of a sea with another; as, the Straits of Gibraltar, of Sunda, of Dover, &c. This word is often written in the plural, but without competent reason.

Rap Dictionary

  1. straightnoun


  2. straightnoun

    Short for straight up, truly, used for emphasis. "Straight booty" or "straight wack".

  3. straightnoun

    Not gay.

Editors Contribution

  1. straight

    A line in a specific direction.

    The line was straight, neat and orderly.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

  2. straight

    Tidy and neat.

    She does like to ensure her hair is straight going to the office.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Straight is ranked #7708 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Straight surname appeared 4,307 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Straight.

    89.6% or 3,863 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 199 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 96 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 84 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Straight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2013

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Straight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #849

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Straight' in Adverbs Frequency: #150

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Straight' in Adjectives Frequency: #418

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straight in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Straight in a Sentence

  1. Kee Kim:

    It’s not just that standing and sitting upright looks better. When you slouch forward at your desk, you are putting almost twice as much strain on the disks than if you were sitting straight up.

  2. Michael Berry:

    We provided copies of previous reviews which are all glowing, they talk about what a wonderful coach he is. It’s like getting straight A’s and then getting an F. Obviously, there is something more to this.

  3. Robert King:

    I think we knew [it would spawn conversation], for the most part, you know when you’re not going for a straight, down-the-middle happy ending that there are going to be people who have strong points of view about it.

  4. Don Jorgenson:

    Vince Lombardi brought in this playbook that was straight from the NFL, our offensive plays, our defensive plays and, you know – I ’m not as experienced as some of the other coaches — but they were all saying, ‘ This is never gon na work. Never gon na work. ’ He proved everyone wrong.

  5. Athena Athena:

    Every time my mind wanders ,it wanders straight to you

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Translations for Straight

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  • مُسْتَقِيمArabic
  • escalaCatalan, Valencian
  • čistý, rovinka, přímý, přímo, postupkaCzech
  • Straße, hetero, unverdünnt, aufrichtig, aufrecht, gerade, geradeausGerman
  • ευθύς, ίσιος, κέντα, σκέτοςGreek
  • malgeja, rektaEsperanto
  • hetero, convencional, derecho, liso, recto, directo, francoSpanish
  • رک, مستقیمPersian
  • suora, hetero, raaka, järjestys, heteroseksuaali, suoraan, laimentamaton, kunto, vilpitön, rehellinenFinnish
  • tout droit, hétéro, pure, droit, pur, comme il faut, rectiligne, quinte, directement, ligne droiteFrench
  • sraith, díreachIrish
  • dìreachScottish Gaelic
  • सीधाHindi
  • heteró, őszinte, egyenes, sorHungarian
  • սթրիթ, ազնիվ, սթրեյթ, ուղիղArmenian
  • directeInterlingua
  • lurusIndonesian
  • röð, beinnIcelandic
  • eterosessuale, senza preamboli, diretto, retto, convenzionale, in linea, non innacquato, liscio, dritto, rettilineo, puroItalian
  • 実直な, 真直ぐ, ストレート, 直線, ノンケの, 直列の, ストレートの, 真っすぐにJapanese
  • gerode, riichtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tōtikaMāori
  • искрен, отворен, право, чист, исправен, правилен, правMacedonian
  • heteroseksual, lurusMalay
  • ဖြောင့်, စင်းBurmese
  • rechtdoor, pure, puur, zoals het hoort, rechte, recht, straatDutch
  • kʼézdonNavajo, Navaho
  • dretOccitan
  • hetero, prosty, stritPolish
  • direto, puro, direito, straight, hétero, honesto, reta, reto, em linha retaPortuguese
  • dretgRomansh
  • dreptRomanian
  • стрейт, чистый, прямой, прямая, стрит, натурал, неразбавленный, нормальный, правильный, прямо, гетеросексуалRussian
  • diritu, deretu, daretu, drituSardinian
  • drejtëAlbanian
  • rak, hetero, raksträcka, stege, rakt fram, raka, strejt, heterosexuellSwedish
  • సూటిగా, తిన్నగాTelugu
  • прямийUkrainian
  • سیدھاUrdu
  • droetWalloon

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