\ˈstand-ˌəp \

Definition of stand-up 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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



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


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


a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

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First Known Use of stand-up


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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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



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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