Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The property or state of being straight.

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

  • noun The quality, condition, or state, of being straight.
  • noun A variant of straitness.

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

  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being straight (especially in the sense of "heterosexual").
  • noun countable The result or product of being straight.

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

  • noun freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
  • noun having honest intentions
  • noun a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex
  • noun (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
  • noun trueness of course toward a goal

Etymologies

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From straight +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The qualities that seem to have attracted Karin Boye in these poems are the ones associated with emotional and spiritual directness, or 'erectness' or 'straightness' - rakhet.

    Karin Boye - a biographical profile - 5

  • When someone tries to release a tape of said Republican making out in an elevator with a (married) lady to prove his straightness, that is, indeed, high comedy.

    Poll: Despite Revote Controversy, Obama Takes Lead In Michigan

  • When we have mastered the notion of straightness, we have also mastered that aspect of it expressed by the affirmation that two straight lines can not inclose a space.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • Let it be clear: This issue has nothing to do with gayness or straightness, which is irrelevant to this report.

    Common Sense Political Thought

  • Indeed, "straightness" is biological, but it entails an almost limitless set of moral choices when it comes to its expression.

    Diana Butler Bass: The Golden State, Gay Marriage and the Golden Rule

  • Indeed, "straightness" is biological, but it entails an almost limitless set of moral choices when it comes to its expression.

    Diana Butler Bass: The Golden State, Gay Marriage and the Golden Rule

  • It is not for undergrads, and I'm not sure I'd even read the whole thing myself, but the intro ... and I think first chapter ... make an argument about male sexuality being quite different than our contemporary notions of heterosexuality and "straightness" in terms of desired object choice.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • I think people expect a certain kind of straightness from their candidates, and when he would get up on stage with a light saber and stuff, I mean, he won my heart and those of a lot of other people, but I think generally people were nervous about that.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Duke of `Doonesbury' Declares His Presidential Candidacy - March 13, 2000

  • The tools of craftsmanship will be seen to be intermediaries between the judging worker and the judged object, disclosing to the experimenter the particular character of the matter under investigation: thus a ruler, representing at once the straightness which is in the mind and the straightness of a plank, is used as an intermediary by which the operator proves his work.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Their first talk left Ralph with a dazzled sense of Moffatt's strength and keenness, but with a vague doubt as to the "straightness" of the proposed transaction.

    The Custom of the Country

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