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 That doesn't mean Hong didn't also stand up against misrepresentation. Trisha Gopal, CNN, "He's probably been in more movies than any actor in history," 2 Aug. 2020 The Swift required Winchester to design bullets that would stand up to extreme speed. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 5 Fastest Rifle Cartridges," 30 July 2020 Conservative commentators have painted the McCloskeys as an innocent couple who were using their Second Amendment rights to stand up against an unruly mob of trespassers. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Globe video," 1 July 2020 The move signals a shift by beauty giants to stand up against racial stereotypes. Fox News, "L'Oreal to remove the word 'whitening' from its products," 27 June 2020 Harriet tried to walk but couldn’t stand up straight. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 8 July 2020 The video shows Boss approaching them at their table, and the troopers stand up to go. oregonlive, "Oregon State Police don’t wear coronavirus masks as they patronize Corvallis coffee shop, despite governor’s order," 2 July 2020 Elizabeth Love, of the Elizabeth Love Ministry, said everyone must stand up and demand change. Sam Bonacci, Dallas News, "Protesters in Irving demand ‘radical change’ to policing and government," 9 June 2020 Set up is usually quick and simple thanks to innovative design, and the resulting structures are lightweight and durable enough to stand up to wind and rain. Popular Science, "The best tents for making the outdoors comfortable," 6 July 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Stand-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand-up. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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