Definition of straight man in English:

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straight man

Pronunciation: /ˈstrāt ˌman/


The person in a comedy duo who speaks lines that give a comedian the opportunity to make jokes.
Example sentences
  • But comedy needs opposites, a straight man and a gagster.
  • The team were very much a double act, but not one with a definite straight man or funny man.
  • It's rough when an established comedic actor tries to become a straight man.

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Syllabification: straight man

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