Word forms: straighter
1. graded adjective & adjective A straight line or edge continues in the same direction and does not bend or curve. ⇒ Keep the boat in a straight line. ⇒ Using the straight edge as a guide, trim the cloth to size. ⇒ His teeth were perfectly straight. ⇒ There wasn't a single straight wall in the building. Straight is also an adverb. ⇒ Stand straight and stretch the left hand to the right foot. ⇒ Turn right and just basically walk straight, right over the river. 2. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] Straight hair has no curls or waves in it. ⇒ Grace had long straight dark hair which she wore in a bun. 3. adverb
You use straight to indicate that the way from one place to another is very direct, with no changes of direction. ⇒ The ball fell straight to the feet of Klinsmann. ⇒ He finished his conversation and stood up, looking straight at me. ⇒ Straight ahead were the low cabins of the motel.
4. adverb If you go straight to a place, you go there immediately. ⇒ As always, we went straight to the experts for advice. ⇒ We'll go to a meeting in Birmingham and come straight back. 5. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n] If you give someone a straight answer, you answer them clearly and honestly. ⇒ What a shifty arguer he is, refusing ever to give a straight answer.
Straight is also an adverb. ⇒ I lost my temper and told him straight that I hadn't been looking for any job.
6. adjective [ADJ n] Straight means following one after the other, with no gaps or intervals. ⇒ They'd won 12 straight games before they lost.
Straight is also an adverb. ⇒ He called from Weddington, having been there for 31 hours straight.
7. adjective [ADJ n] A straight choice or a straight fight involves only two people or things. ⇒ It's a straight choice between low-paid jobs and no jobs. ⇒ Each has several times beaten the other in a straight fight. 8. graded adjective & adjective If you describe someone as straight, you mean that they are normal and conventional, for example in their opinions and in the way they live. ⇒ Dorothy was described as a very straight woman, a very strict Christian who was married to her job. 9. adjective [usu v-link ADJ] If you describe someone as straight, you mean that they are heterosexual rather than homosexual. [informal] ⇒ His sexual orientation was a lot more gay than straight. ⇒ Marty of New York describes herself as a straight female. Straight is also a noun. ⇒ ...a standard of sexual conduct that applies equally to gays and straights. 10. adjective [ADJ n] A straight drink, especially an alcoholic drink, has not had another liquid such as water added to it. ⇒ ...a large straight whiskey without ice. ⇒ Children should not drink fruit juices straight. 11. countable noun On a racetrack, a straight is a section of the track that is straight, rather than curved. ⇒ Our cars were clearly too slow along the straights. ⇒ I went to overtake him on the back straight on the last lap.
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