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STRAIGHT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does straight mean? 

STRAIGHT (noun)
  The noun STRAIGHT has 3 senses:

1. a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
2. a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
3. a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

  Familiarity information: STRAIGHT used as a noun is uncommon.


STRAIGHT (adjective)
  The adjective STRAIGHT has 15 senses:

1. successive (without a break)
2. having no deviations
3. (of hair) having no waves or curls
4. erect in posture
5. right; in keeping with the facts
6. characterized by honesty and fairness
7. no longer coiled
8. free from curves or angles
9. neatly arranged; not disorderly
10. not homosexual
11. accurately fitted; level
12. without evasion or compromise
13. without water
14. following a correct or logical method
15. rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

  Familiarity information: STRAIGHT used as an adjective is familiar.


STRAIGHT (adverb)
  The adverb STRAIGHT has 3 senses:

1. without deviation
2. in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
3. in a straight line; in a direct course

  Familiarity information: STRAIGHT used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRAIGHT (noun)


Sense 1straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

straight person; straight; heterosexual person; heterosexual

Hypernyms ("straight" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "straight"):

fucker (someone who engages in sexual intercourse)


Sense 2straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("straight" is a kind of...):

poker hand (the 5 cards held in a game of poker)


Sense 3straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

straightaway; straight

Hypernyms ("straight" is a kind of...):

section; segment (one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "straight"):

stretch (a straightaway section of a racetrack)


STRAIGHT (adjective)


Sense 1straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Successive (without a break)

Synonyms:

straight; consecutive

Context example:

sick for five straight days

Similar:

continuous; uninterrupted (continuing in time or space without interruption)


Sense 2straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no deviations

Context examples:

straight lines / straight roads across the desert / straight teeth / straight shoulders

Similar:

aligned (in a straight line)

unbent (not bent)

untwisted (not twisted; formerly twisted but now straight)

Also:

direct (direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short)

perpendicular; vertical (at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line)

Attribute:

configuration; conformation; contour; form; shape (any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline))

Antonym:

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)


Sense 3straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of hair) having no waves or curls

Context example:

her naturally straight hair hung long and silky

Similar:

uncurled (not having been curled)

unpermed (not having had a permanent wave)

Attribute:

curliness; waviness (of hair: a tendency to curl)

Antonym:

curly ((of hair) having curls or waves)


Sense 4straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Erect in posture

Synonyms:

unbowed; unbent; straight

Context examples:

sit straight / stood defiantly with unbowed back

Similar:

erect; upright; vertical (upright in position or posture)


Sense 5straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Right; in keeping with the facts

Context examples:

set the record straight / made sure the facts were straight in the report

Similar:

accurate (conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy)


Sense 6straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by honesty and fairness

Synonyms:

square; straight

Context examples:

straight dealing / a square deal

Similar:

aboveboard; straightforward (without concealment or deception; honest)

guileless; transparent (free of deceit)

straightarrow (conventionally moral and upright)

Also:

honest; honorable (not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent)

lawful (conformable to or allowed by law)

Attribute:

honestness; honesty (the quality of being honest)

Antonym:

crooked (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)


Sense 7straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

No longer coiled

Synonyms:

uncoiled; straight

Similar:

uncurled (not curled)


Sense 8straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from curves or angles

Context example:

a straight line

Similar:

trabeate; trabeated (not arcuate; having straight horizontal beams or lintels (rather than arches))

uncurved; uncurving (having no curves)

Antonym:

curved (having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend)


Sense 9straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Neatly arranged; not disorderly

Context example:

the room is straight now

Similar:

tidy (marked by good order and cleanliness in appearance or habits)


Sense 10straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not homosexual

Similar:

heterosexual (sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 11straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accurately fitted; level

Synonyms:

straight; true

Context example:

the window frame isn't quite true

Similar:

even (being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with))


Sense 12straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without evasion or compromise

Synonyms:

straightforward; square; straight

Context examples:

a square contradiction / he is not being as straightforward as it appears

Similar:

direct (extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action)


Sense 13straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without water

Synonyms:

full-strength; neat; straight

Context example:

took his whiskey neat

Similar:

undiluted (not diluted)


Sense 14straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Following a correct or logical method

Context example:

straight reasoning

Similar:

correct; right (free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth)


Sense 15straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

Synonyms:

square; straight

Similar:

conventional (unimaginative and conformist)

Domain usage:

argot; cant; jargon; lingo; patois; slang; vernacular (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))


STRAIGHT (adverb)


Sense 1straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without deviation

Synonyms:

direct; directly; straight

Context examples:

the path leads directly to the lake / went direct to the office

Pertainym:

straight (having no deviations)


Sense 2straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly

Synonyms:

flat; straight; directly

Context examples:

he didn't answer directly / told me straight out / came out flat for less work and more pay


Sense 3straight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a straight line; in a direct course

Context example:

the road runs straight


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