forthright

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forþright, forþriʒt, forþriht, from Old English forþriht (direct, plain); equivalent to forth +‎ right.

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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.

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Noun[edit]

forthright (plural forthrights)

  1. (archaic) A straight path.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English forthright, forþriʒt, forthricte, from Old English forþrihte (straightway, at once, plainly), from forþriht +‎ -e (adverbial suffix).

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Adverb[edit]

forthright (comparative more forthright, superlative most forthright)

  1. Expressly, frankly, unhesitatingly.
  2. At once, forthwith.
  3. Swiftly.
  4. (archaic) Straight forward, in a straight direction.

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