American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian, who then makes witty replies.
- n. idiomatic A member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy.
- n. a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
“A straight man with a drooping mustache, a little heav - ier now but still slender, and with the slight frown of concen - tration habitually fixed on his face as though he were always thinking ahead of his words, he would stand before his class and discuss his complicated subject with a clarity that almost com - pelled understanding.”
“There were rules for being a hero, and Glory knew very well what they were (especially after a whole season as Vixen of playing straight man to Lilith Kane), even if she wasn't altogether fond of them.”
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