from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Straightness; a straight course.
  • noun Straightforwardness; openness; freedom from ambiguity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being direct; straightness; straightforwardness; immediateness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being direct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
  • noun trueness of course toward a goal


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word directness.


  • "Your directness is bracing," CBI director Gale Bertram tells him, meaning "You're a complete waste of plasma and I wish you were landfill."

    Tonight's TV highlights Rebecca Nicholson 2010

  • I think it sums up my personality; behind my directness is complexity.

    zornhau: Five Word Meme... zornhau 2010

  • But it had the Chamberlain directness and clarity.

    The Present Challenge to British Imperialism 1936

  • They consist in directness, in easily stirred susceptibility, in inflexible and lively spirits: they point to a superfluity of unexhausted gifts; and over the whole there extends a never-failing charm, a certain glamour of nobility.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1924 - Presentation 1924

  • Her eyes now in their directness were the ice blue of Bill's, enchanting, and I felt reality slip a notch.

    The Fat Lady Sang 2009

  • Yes, I said it has to, and you get that kind of directness which is ...

    CNN Transcript May 10, 2003 2003

  • Her directness was a kind of disturbing truth serum, which quickly got to the core of the matter at hand.

    Portrait of An Artist Laurie Lisle 1986

  • He recalled the directness of her speech in their first conversation and smiled at the naïveté of her estimate of himself.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns

  • He was content with chronological order for his guide; his directness is the directness of the Chronicle History.

    The Growth of English Drama Arnold Wynne

  • Here, as in the first picture, the eyes looked forth with a curious, proud directness; but beneath the directness was a glint of humor, a flash of daring absent in the other face; the mouth smiled, seeming to anticipate life's secrets, the ungloved hand held the gun with a touch peculiarly caressing, peculiarly firm.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston 1893


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.