forthright

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English forþriht (direct, plain); equivalent to forth (adverb) +‎ right (adjective). The adverb is from Old English forþrihte (straightway, at once, plainly), with the adverbial suffix -e.

Adjective[edit]

forthright (comparative more forthright, superlative most forthright)

  1. Straightforward, not evasive, candid and direct.
    The witness was considered eminently credible thanks to her forthright answers.
  2. Frank, outspoken.
  3. Markedly simple.
  4. Fixed, settled, decided.
  5. (archaic) Proceeding straight forth.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

forthright (comparative more forthright, superlative most forthright)

  1. Expressly, frankly, unhesitatingly.
  2. At once, forthwith.
  3. Swiftly.
  4. (archaic) Directly forward, straightway.

Noun[edit]

forthright (plural forthrights)

  1. (archaic) A straight path.

References[edit]

  • forthright” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  • forthright” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.