forthright

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  • forthright” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  • forthright” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.