stand-up

adjective
\ ˈstand-ˌəp How to pronounce stand-up (audio) \

Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

b : stiffened to stay upright without folding over a stand-up collar
2 : performed in, performing in, or requiring a standing position a stand-up bar especially : of, relating to, performing, or being a monologue of jokes, gags, or satirical comments delivered usually while standing alone on a stage or in front of a camera stand-up comedy a stand-up comedian
3 : marked by a high degree of personal integrity or loyalty a stand-up guy

stand-up

noun

Definition of stand-up (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : stand-up comedy also : a performer of such comedy
2 : a television broadcast in which the reporter or narrator faces the camera with the scene of the story in the background

stand up

verb
stood up; standing up; stands up

Definition of stand up (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to rise to a standing position
2 : to remain sound and intact under stress, attack, or close scrutiny

transitive verb

: to fail to keep an appointment with
stand up for
: to defend against attack or criticism
stand up to
1 : to meet fairly and fully
2 : to face boldly
stand up with
: to be best man or maid of honor for at a wedding ceremony

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Examples of stand-up in a Sentence

Verb a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb LeBron didn’t seem to mind, and frequently stood up to dance along with cheering fans. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "Cleveland.com photographer Joshua Gunter’s favorite photos from the last decade," 27 Dec. 2019 The unnamed calf was born at Potter Park Zoo on Tuesday before 6 a.m. The 12-year-old mother, Doppsee, nuzzled her baby within minutes and the calf was standing up about 90 minutes later, according to the zoo. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 Trump’s decision could garner support from his political base, which backs his efforts to end America’s foreign wars and stand up to the national security establishment, especially if Islamic State does not surge back anytime soon. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s plan to pull troops back in Syria threatens chaos in the region, sparks GOP revolt," 7 Oct. 2019 And Julie made the choice to stop being a follower and stand up to the mean girls. Kerensa Cadenas, EW.com, "An oral history of the pitch-black '90s comedy Jawbreaker," 13 Dec. 2019 For change to really happen, men need to speak up in solidarity and stand up for what's right. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out the 20 best Milwaukee albums and songs of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 The crucial difference is that both parties are naked—not only naked, in the woman’s case, but standing up in the water, exposing herself in full-frontal immodesty to Brian and the cool Pacific breezes. The Economist, "Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate," 29 Nov. 2019 These items are practical, functional, chic, and, above all, proven to stand up to your sweatiest workouts. SELF, "How We Chose the 2019 SELF Fitness Award Winners," 5 Nov. 2019 Yes, there are oppressions, but women have stood up. Los Angeles Times, "Artist Shirin Neshat challenges the idea of Muslim women as victims and explores exile," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stand-up

Adjective

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Stand-up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand%20up. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for stand-up

stand-up

adjective
How to pronounce stand up (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done by a performer who is standing alone on a stage
: performing stand-up comedy
: done in or requiring a standing position

stand-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stand-up (Entry 2 of 2)

: stand-up comedy
: a performer who does stand-up comedy : a stand-up comedian

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