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[adj., n. fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-; adv. fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-, fawrth-rahyt, fohrth-] /adj., n. ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ-; adv. ˌfɔrθˈraɪt, ˌfoʊrθ-, ˈfɔrθˌraɪt, ˈfoʊrθ-/
going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken:
It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward:
a forthright glance.
adverb, Also, forthrightly
straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner:
He told us forthright just what his objections were.
straightaway; at once; immediately:
He saw forthright that such an action was folly.
Archaic. a straight course or path.
Origin of forthright
before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte. See forth, right
Related forms
forthrightness, noun
unforthright, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for forthright


adjective (ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
direct and outspoken
adverb (ˌfɔːθˈraɪt; ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
in a direct manner; frankly
at once
Derived Forms
forthrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthright

Old English forðriht "direct, plain;" see forth + right. Related: Forthrightly; forthrightness.

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