Definition of straight-up in English:



  • 1North American informal Honest and trustworthy.

    ‘you sounded like a straight-up guy’
    • ‘The record struck a chord with me as just straight-up beautiful and honest songwriting.’
    • ‘I knew Maloney when I was in Seattle - he was an earnest, straight-up guy.’
    • ‘He's a true perfectionist and straight-up stickler for detail.’
    • ‘He was reaching out to the kids, helping families and all sorts of needy individuals, just being a straight-up nice guy.’
    • ‘He was a straight-up guy, someone who told the truth, even when it hurt.’
    • ‘At least in the old days the ads were a bit more straight-up.’
    • ‘Getting straight-up info on what each campaigns' own polls are telling them is inherently difficult.’
    • ‘No one should slide through without giving voters a straight-up answer to that question.’
    • ‘He's simply saying that straight-up, hardcore statistics suggest that the chances of any of us doing so are microscopic.’
    • ‘She's the one who will know when to be straight-up with her folks and when they can't deal with anything other than a polite fiction.’
    • ‘And even there they can't win in a straight-up confrontation, but have to subvert the process.’
    • ‘I figured if I could satisfy my sex needs in a straight-up business transaction, everything was cool.’
    • ‘I swear that I never meant this blog to be straight-up self-analysis, but I just can't seem to help it.’
    reliable, dependable, honest, full of integrity, worthy of trust, honourable, upright, principled, true, truthful, as good as one's word, ethical, virtuous, incorruptible, unimpeachable, above suspicion
    1. 1.1Truly so called; genuine.
      ‘a straight-up suspense tale’
      • ‘Avowed influences include everything from The B-52s to math rock by way of good ol' straight-up punk, making want to party!’
      • ‘Which is why the straight-up truth rarely enters into the American political conversation.’
      • ‘They do straight-up new wave, no air quotes or knowing smirks attached.’
      • ‘Straight-up rock 'n' roll no longer contends for large audiences.’
      • ‘He's a true perfectionist and straight-up stickler for detail.’
      • ‘These guys are all so solid, straight up, and honest.’
      • ‘Arnold's voice is scratchy but sympathetic, and the lyrics on his newest range from straight-up catchy refrains to subtler reflections on - what else? - love.’
      • ‘It was a driving blend of straight-up rock songs, some with a psych twist and others as more conventional jams.’
      • ‘ recently commented that you've written the "straight-up love song" you said you never would.’
      • ‘We always thought that we would just be a straight-up country band, like George Jones or Johnny Cash.’