Meaning of a straight face in English:

a straight face


  • A blank or serious facial expression, especially when trying not to laugh.

    ‘my father kept a straight face when he joked’
    • ‘When I heard this, it was a strain for me to keep a straight face, because seriously, the idea is laughable!’
    • ‘But I'm having a hard time keeping a straight face, thanks to the first book I'm trying to review.’
    • ‘We honestly don't know how he can say these things with a straight face.’
    • ‘What is truly stunning is that he can make such a claim with a straight face.’
    • ‘It is hardly believable that a human could continue to say the things he does with a straight face.’
    • ‘Crawford managed to keep a straight face while he said all this.’
    • ‘In fact, he says it was all he could do to keep a straight face.’
    • ‘What normal sane person could mouth such phrases with a straight face?’
    • ‘He said it with such a straight face that the nurse believed him, and she nearly burst a blood vessel.’
    • ‘He somehow managed to keep a straight face when he told her the fake name.’
    • ‘Somehow he manages to get that out with a straight face; how he does this, I will never know.’
    • ‘Sophia was able to keep a straight face for about ten seconds before bursting into laughter.’