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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

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


a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Looking for a table covering that will stand up to stains at your next al-fresco party? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What to Do with Fabric Scraps, No Matter How Little You Have Leftover," 17 Apr. 2019 Lady Gaga took to Twitter to stand up for Cardi B, who received some backlash after winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap album on Sunday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Defends Cardi B After She Receives Backlash for Her Grammy Win," 13 Feb. 2019 This new leadership will stand up to those who try to take away our freedoms, like freedom of the press and the right to choose and the right to affordable health care. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 But for all its detractors, Chick-fil-A has just as many loyal patrons who will stand up for the company’s conservative, Christian values. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Ate at Chick-fil-A. Then the Internet Exploded," 11 June 2018 But in Paris, a few vulnerable nations decided to stand up and say that 2.0°C wasn’t good enough. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it would take to stop climate change sooner," 8 Oct. 2018 But the slide towards autocracy has pushed millions to stand up and demand a say in how their lives are governed. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 The images that filled my screen showed people with their heads sticking out of machines resembling tanning beds except standing up and surrounded by fog. Lamar Dawson, GQ, "Cryotherapy Might Be the Best Way to Recover from Joint Pain," 16 June 2018 Students For Liberty is a global movement that stands up for free markets, free speech and individual liberty. WSJ, "‘Less Marx, More Mises’ Shows Development," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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