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 (strāt′wā′, -wā′)
1. In a direct course: plunged straightway to the rocks below.
2. Without delay; at once: Straightway a storm began to brew.


(ˈstreɪtˌweɪ) or


archaic at once


(adj., n. ˈstreɪt əˌweɪ; adv. -ˈweɪ)

1. straight onward in course.
2. a straightaway stretch.
3. immediately.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.straightway - at once; "straightway the clouds began to scatter"
2.straightway - in a direct course; "plunged straightway to the rocks below"
References in classic literature ?
And straightway the unwed maiden Callidice, goodliest in form of the daughters of Celeus, answered her and said:
She straightway ascended to ask Jove to restore him; but before this could be done a Sculptor and a Critic passed that way and espied him.
Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware!
"Now let us get straightway into Nottingham Town and mix ourselves with the people there; but keep ye one another in sight, pressing as near the prisoner and his guards as ye can, when they come outside the walls.
"The sidewalk is hardly wide enough for three, so I will walk behind; but keep the talk going, keep the talk going, there's no time to lose, and you may be sure I will do my share." He ranged himself behind us, and straightway that stately snow-white young fellow closed up to the sidewalk alongside him, fetched him a cordial slap on the shoulder with his broad palm, and sung out with a hearty cheeriness:
A force of an hundred picked men from the Royal Foresters and swordsmen of the shire was gathered together and marched straightway into the greenwood.