Definition of honest
1a : free from fraud or deception : legitimate, truthful <an honest plea> <an honest presentation of facts>b : genuine, real <making honest stops at stop signs — Christian Science Monitor>c : humble, plain <good honest food>
3 : worthy of praise <an honest day's work> <put forth an honest effort>
4a : marked by integrity <honest merchants>b : marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression : frank <an honest appraisal> <an honest discussion>c : direct and uncomplicated : innocent, simple <some good honest sleep>
Examples of honest in a sentence
He says that it's impossible to find an honest politician.
These criminals pose a danger to honest citizens.
He has an honest face.
Just give me an honest answer.
If you want my honest opinion, you should get a job.
To be perfectly honest, I don't want to go.
He gave us a painfully honest account of his childhood.
It was an honest error.
He still goes to the office every morning and puts in an honest day's work.
Origin and Etymology of honest
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin honestus honorable, from honos, honor honor
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of honest
HONEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of honest for English Language Learners
: good and truthful : not lying, stealing, or cheating
: showing or suggesting a good and truthful character
: not hiding the truth about someone or something : not meant to deceive someone
HONEST Defined for Kids
Definition of honest for Students
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