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stand-up

adjective \ ˈstand-ˌəp \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of stand-up

1 a : erect, upright
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

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stand-up

noun

Definition of stand-up

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

First Known Use of stand-up

1971

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stand up

verb

Definition of stand up

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

Examples of stand up in a Sentence

  1. a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

Recent Examples of stand up from the Web

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First Known Use of stand up

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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stand up Synonyms

Synonyms

fly, hold up, pass, wash;

Phrases

hold water, pass muster;


STAND-UP Defined for English Language Learners

stand-up

Definition of stand-up for English Language Learners

  • : done by a performer who is standing alone on a stage

  • : performing stand-up comedy

  • : done in or requiring a standing position


stand-up

Definition of stand-up for English Language Learners

  • : stand-up comedy

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



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