Definition of honest
1a : free from fraud or deception : legitimate, truthful an honest plea an honest presentation of factsb : genuine, real making honest stops at stop signs — Christian Science Monitorc : humble, plain good honest food
3 : worthy of praise an honest day's work put forth an honest effort
4a : marked by integrity honest merchantsb : marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression : frank an honest appraisal an honest discussionc : 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.
Recent Examples of honest from the Web
The woman, named Charlotte here, is profane, honest and often bitterly funny.
OSTP’s function is to be an integrator and honest broker on scientific issues that matter to the president.
Any officer who is honest or an opponent of Maduro is likely to have been purged from its top ranks.
This is a feature of Apatow’s films (Knocked Up, This is 40), which are unfailingly honest about the ups and downs of marriage.
If you’re employing forced induction, be honest about it.
Gupta and others argue that Kobach doesn't exactly have a reputation for being honest about his work on voter fraud.
Today, Bella hopped on Snap to get honest about her skin struggles again, this time showing off some small zits on her face.
The honest-to-goodness story is: did Gary have lunch with Bayo [Adebayo Ogunlesi], Goldman’s lead director, once or twice?
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Origin and Etymology of honest
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin honestus honorable, from honos, honor honor
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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