stand-up

adjective
\ ˈstand-ˌəp How to pronounce stand-up (audio) \

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

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

Examples of stand-up in a Sentence

Verb a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis
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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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“Stand-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand-up. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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