1. a conventional, respectable person, as opposed to a criminal.
|Sporting Times 6 Aug. 1/4: When I see the ‘crooks’ thought more of than the ‘straights,’ / I feel sorry for the blokes outside!‘The Blokes Outside’|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 41: The way the straights and the shits were mixed up over there, no sensible citizen would freely give a cop good information.|
|Yes We have No 145: A scattering of straights, seeking refuge.|
|Guardian Rev. 18 Mar. 3: How the boys in the back of the bus must have laughed at the straights.|
2. conventional heterosexual intercourse in the face to-face ‘missionary position’; thus in prostitute’s use, straight date n., one who desires conventional intercourse; straight girl n., a prostitute who only offers such a service; also pornography featuring this.
|‘Mme. Dora in “Strictly Business”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 75: What do you want honey? Straight, French or any other?|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 117/1: straight. Normal sexual intercourse; a straight date, a customer who wants normal intercourse; a straight girl, one who does not practice perversions.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|in Hellhole 91: And she said, ‘Twenty bucks.’ And I said, ‘What do I get for that?’ And she said, ‘A straight or Frenchy if you want it.’.|
|Blue Highways 191: I heard girls at the Big Four are getting twenty-five simoleons for a straight.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 69: straight is a white couple doing it missionary style or side by side (but certainly not doggy style).|
3. (orig. gay) a heterosexual person.
|Lavender Lex. n.p.: straight:– Any person other than a homosexual.|
|in Hellhole 222: Men in grey flannel suits who strive to look like straights but disclose themselves as what they are by [...] the flicking of a finger.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 96: A couple of sherbet straights, doing a very showy Arthur Murray routine.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 96: Two randy straights who could say it all to each other.|
|Davo’s Little Something 23: You straights give me the shits.|
|(con. 1940s-50s) Boots of Leather (2014) 7: The term ‘bull-dagger’ was used by hostile straights as an insult.|
|Guardian G2 16 Dec. 4: I’m too poofy for the poofs and too scary for the straights.|
4. (also straight-head) used by members of the ‘counter-culture’ to describe a member of Establishment society.
|Newsweek 30 Oct. 85: For most straights, press reports of the East Village murders added a sinister new word to their glossary of hipisms.|
|Gandalf’s Garden 6 n.d. 11: straights: basically people, groups, organisations, etc. who confine themselves to an extremely limited view of the world and conception of themselves, under the impression that they are broadminded, but who have a straight-jacketed mentality, causing them to deride or disbelieve anything which is not projected by establishment manipulated media [...] Conformist, ‘square’, unfree, restricted for fear of others’ opinions.|
|You Flash Bastard 64: A highly responsible member of a highly respected profession coming to try and corrupt the untouchable CID. He wondered fleetingly what the general public [...] who still had faith in the police, belief in the system, would make of it. What would they do without those straights? Without them it would all disintegrate.|
|Serial 32: A superstraight with a button-down banker’s mind.|
|Urban Grimshaw 222: Most straight-heads don’t understand what the drug culture is all about.|
5. (US campus) one who stands outside the current social norms.
|Sl. and Sociability 59: Three geometric terms – straight, square, and quad – are all derogatory epithets that designate with various connotations ‘a person who does not fit in with the prevailing college life style’.|
(US gay) a heterosexual male.
to abandon a respectable life for criminality.
|‘’Arry on a Jury’ in Punch 15 Apr. 177/1: Oh, don’t be alarmed, dear old chummie, I aven’t bin run off the straight.|