He well knew the size of Cicely's love for him, and he'd heard her praise his straightness a thousand times.
Oh, the relief of the tallness and straightness and whiteness!
Later he split long splinters of wood from pieces selected for their straightness of grain.
Love of straightness, without love of learning, sinks into rudeness.
Am I responsible for the heat of your temper and the straightness of your talking?
The straightness of her nose was certainly comforting, but it, too, was short.
But consider, a snubness of the nose, how is that more beautiful than straightness?
We were discussing the merits of directness in speech and straightness in every way.
The straightness of its course showed that it was not a river.
Meg and I mean but one thing by straightness; and that is truth.
mid-14c., "direct, undeviating, not crooked," properly "that which is stretched," adjectival use of Old English streht (altered, by analogy with streccan, from earlier streaht), past participle of streccan "to stretch" (see stretch (v.)). Meaning "true, direct, honest" is from 1520s. Of communication, "clear, unambiguous," from 1862. Sense of "undiluted, uncompromising" (e.g. straight whiskey, 1874) is American English, first recorded 1856.
Theatrical sense of "serious" (as opposed to popular or comic) is attested from 1895; vaudeville slang straight man first attested 1923. Go straight in the underworld slang sense is from 1919; straighten up "become respectable" is from 1907. Straight arrow "decent, conventional person" is 1969, from archetypal Native American brave name. To keep a straight face first recorded 1897; straight shooter is from 1928; straight-edge as a punk subculture is attested by 1987.
Very strict in one's military appearance and grooming
[1970s+ Army; fr STRAC, acronym for Strategic Army Corps, chosen units in constant combat readiness, hence elite troops]