Definition of Straight man

1. Noun. A performer who acts as stooge to a comedian.

Exact synonyms: Second Banana
Generic synonyms: Performer, Performing Artist



Definition of Straight man

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Straight Man

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straight edge
straight edges
straight face
straight flush
straight flushes
straight flute
straight forward
straight from the horse's mouth
straight from the shoulder
straight hang
straight hit
straight life insurance
straight line
straight lines
straight man (current term)
straight men
straight off
straight out
straight out of the chute
straight peen hammer
straight person
straight pin
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straight quote
straight razor
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straight red

Literary usage of Straight man

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1. Indian Wars of New England by Herbert Milton Sylvester (1910)
"... he was a tall straight man, the haire of his head blacke, long behind, onely short before, none on his face at all; he asked some beere, but we gave him ..."

2. Social Statics: Abridged and Revised; Together with The Man Versus the State by Herbert Spencer (1892)
"... solely of the straight man. He describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what relation he stands to ..."

3. Social Statics, Or, The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified by Herbert Spencer (1851)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He determines the properties of the straight man; describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what ..."

4. Social Statics, Or, The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified by Herbert Spencer (1851)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He determines the properties of the straight man; describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what ..."

5. Social statics, or, The conditions essential to human happiness specified by Herbert Spencer (1873)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He determines the properties of the straight man; describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what ..."

6. Social Statics: Abridged and Revised; Together with The Man Versus the State by Herbert Spencer (1892)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He describes how the straight man comports himself ; shows in what relation he stands to I ..."

7. Works by Herbert Spencer, Edmund Spenser, R Morris (1902)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He determines the properties of the straight man ; describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what 19 ..."

8. Data of Ethics by Herbert Spencer (1902)
"He treats solely of the straight man. He determines the properties of the straight man ; describes how the straight man comports himself; shows in what ..."

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