straight

Arrows, sides of a rectangle, well-organized lines of people waiting to get into the theater or the ladies' room, and anything else free from curves can be described as straight. The word can also mean honest, uninterrupted, undiluted, or heterosexual.

In Middle English, strecchen meant "to stretch." Streght "stretched" emerged from it and morphed into straight. It's easy to see the connection: If you stretch out a piece of spaghetti or a curl, it looks linear. Today the word means free from bends, breaks, or irregularities literally or figuratively. "Give it to me straight" means "just the facts, ma'am." "I was up for seven straight days" means "I haven't slept in a week."

Primary Meanings of straight

1.
adjadvn
having no deviations
without deviation
a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
2.
adjadv
following a correct or logical method
in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
3.
adjn
successive (without a break)
a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
4.
adjn
sexually attracted exclusively to members of the opposite sex
a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
5.
adj
rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
6.
adj
without water
Full Definitions of straight
1

adj having no deviations

straight lines”
straight roads across the desert”
straight teeth”
straight shoulders”
Synonyms:
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
aligned
in a straight line
unbent
not bent
untwisted
not twisted; formerly twisted but now straight
Antonyms:
crooked
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
indirect
not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
akimbo
(used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body
anfractuous
full of twists and turns
aquiline, hooked
curved down like an eagle's beak
askew, awry, cockeyed, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
turned or twisted toward one side
contorted, writhed, writhen
twisted (especially as in pain or struggle)
deflective, refractive
capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)
geniculate
bent at a sharp angle
gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted, knotty
used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
malposed
characterized by malposition
reflexed
(of leaves) bent downward and outward more than 90 degrees
squiggly
wavy and twisting
tortuous, twisting, twisty, voluminous, winding
marked by repeated turns and bends
warped
used especially of timbers or boards; bent out of shape usually by moisture
windblown
used especially of trees; growing in a shape determined by the prevailing winds
wry
bent to one side
zig-zag, zigzag
having short sharp turns or angles
coiled
curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
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adj free from curves or angles

“a straight line”
Synonyms:
trabeate, trabeated
not arcuate; having straight horizontal beams or lintels (rather than arches)
uncurved, uncurving
having no curves
Antonyms:
curved, curving
having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend
arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate, bowed
forming or resembling an arch
curvilineal, curvilinear
characterized by or following a curved line
eellike
resembling an eel in being long and thin and sinuous
falcate, falciform, sickle-shaped
curved like a sickle
curvey, curvy
having curves
flexuous
having turns or windings
hooked, hooklike
having or resembling a hook (especially in the ability to grasp and hold)
incurvate, incurved
bent into or having an inward curve
recurvate, recurved
curved backward or inward
semicircular
curved into a half circle
serpentine, snakelike, snaky
resembling a serpent in form
sinuate, sinuous, wiggly
curved or curving in and out
sinusoidal
having a succession of waves or curves
upcurved
curving upward
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adj accurately fitted; level

Synonyms:
true
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)

adj (of hair) having no waves or curls

“her naturally straight hair hung long and silky”
Synonyms:
uncurled
not having been curled
unpermed
not having had a permanent wave
Antonyms:
curly
(of hair) having curls or waves
curled, curling
of hair having curls
crisp, frizzly, frizzy, kinky, nappy
(of hair) in small tight curls
permed
styled with permanent waves
ringleted
(of hair) shaped into ringlets
wavy
(of hair) having waves
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adj erect in posture

“sit straight
Synonyms:
unbent, unbowed
erect, upright, vertical
upright in position or posture

adj no longer coiled

Synonyms:
uncoiled
uncurled
not curled
Antonyms:
coiled
curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, turbinate, volute, voluted, whorled
in the shape of a coil
convolute, convoluted
rolled longitudinally upon itself
involute
(of some shells) closely coiled so that the axis is obscured
involute, rolled
especially of petals or leaves in bud; having margins rolled inward
wound
put in a coil
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adv without deviation

Synonyms:
direct, directly

adv in a straight line; in a direct course

“the road runs straight

n a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

Synonyms:
straightaway
Types:
stretch
a straightaway section of a racetrack
homestretch
the straight stretch of a racetrack leading to the finish line
Type of:
section, segment
one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
2

adj following a correct or logical method

straight reasoning”
Synonyms:
correct, right
free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

adj in keeping with the facts

“set the record straight
“made sure the facts were straight in the report”
Synonyms:
accurate
conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy

adj neatly arranged; not disorderly

“the room is straight now”
Synonyms:
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits

adj without evasion or compromise

Synonyms:
square, straightforward
direct
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

adj characterized by honesty and fairness

straight dealing”
Synonyms:
square
honest, honorable
not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
lawful
conformable to or allowed by law
aboveboard, straightforward
without concealment or deception; honest
guileless, transparent
free of deceit
straightarrow
conventionally moral and upright
Antonyms:
corrupt, crooked
not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
dishonest, dishonorable
deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
unlawful
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
sneaky, underhand, underhanded
marked by deception
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adv in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly

“told me straight out”
Synonyms:
directly, flat
Antonyms:
indirectly
not in a forthright manner
3

adj successive (without a break)

“sick for five straight days”
Synonyms:
consecutive
continuous, uninterrupted
continuing in time or space without interruption

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

Type of:
poker hand
the 5 cards held in a game of poker
4

adj sexually attracted exclusively to members of the opposite sex

Synonyms:
heterosexual
sexually attracted exclusively to members of the opposite sex

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

5

adj rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

Synonyms:
square
conventional
unimaginative and conformist
6

adj without water

Synonyms:
full-strength, neat
undiluted
not diluted

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