\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

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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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The soil is compacted and stable, making it able to stand up to the weight of vehicles passing over it. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "In Defense of Off-Roading," 12 July 2018 The pension problems have gotten so bad because state lawmakers don’t dare to stand up to powerful government unions. Arthur Laffer, WSJ, "The Court Tosses Blue States a Life Jacket," 10 July 2018 This Fourth of July, salute the brave souls who dare to publicly stand up to Trump and his administration, writes Drew Magary. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 While none of the presidential candidates were pro-Trump, López Obrador got a boost by promising to stand up to the U.S. president when necessary. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election," 2 July 2018 With Trump deeply unpopular in Mexico, all four presidential contenders have vowed to stand up to him. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about Mexico’s presidential election," 1 July 2018 And the man who’s been a member of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club vowed to stand up to the president. Anthony Man,, "Don't know Jeff Greene? You soon will, says Democratic candidate for governor," 1 July 2018 Politicians are willing to stand up and totally contradict themselves in their efforts to create political chaos, hatred and abuse. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Political debate has become political abuse," 24 June 2018 All promised to stand up to President Donald J. Trump more forcefully. Michael Dresser,, "Pot, polls and pizza: Maryland Democratic candidates for governor end debate on high note," 14 June 2018

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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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