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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-/
adjective
1.
going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken:
It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
2.
proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward:
a forthright glance.
adverb, Also, forthrightly
3.
straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner:
He told us forthright just what his objections were.
4.
straightaway; at once; immediately:
He saw forthright that such an action was folly.
noun
5.
Archaic. a straight course or path.
Origin of forthright
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English forthrihte. See forth, right
Related forms
forthrightness, noun
unforthright, adjective
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  • In the military service of the United States, there is always room for firm and forthright friendship between officer and man.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • A man should not be able to look other than directly and forthright.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Recalling them, he had no more in common with them now than any forthright man of action has in common with narrow visionaries.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • By the reins the horse he tethered, and went to them forthright.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • The agent had a deceptive appearance, athletic and good looking, with the forthright friendliness of a college undergraduate.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for forthright

forthright

adjective (ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
1.
direct and outspoken
adverb (ˌfɔːθˈraɪt; ˈfɔːθˌraɪt)
2.
in a direct manner; frankly
3.
at once
Derived Forms
forthrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthright
adj.

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

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