stand-up

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adjective

1
a
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

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noun

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

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verb

stood up; standing up; stands up

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
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

Verb a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of stand-up was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stand-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand-up. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

stand up

verb

1
: to rise to a standing position
2
: to remain in good condition
stands up to repeated washings
3
: 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
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