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

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

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The one that makes all your arm hairs stand up while simultaneously giving you a giant lump in your throat. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, and Other Celebs Who Covered 'Shallow' From 'A Star Is Born'," 22 Feb. 2019 Orthostatic hypotension is an abrupt drop in blood pressure when someone stands up. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019 The diet relies on science that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 The gun lobby should be worried because people from all corners of the country are finding the courage to stand up to them. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabrielle Giffords and Edna Chavez Refuse to Be Silenced on Gun Control," 8 Oct. 2018 Carpets with a higher twist per inch (TPI) will stand up to matting or flattening, making them more durable. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 Meghan’s biography page on the royal family’s official website embraces her history of standing up for women’s rights. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Irish Senator Deletes Tweet Claiming Meghan Markle Was 'Pleased' About Ireland's Abortion Vote," 12 July 2018 Her intended, Louis-August (Jason Schwartzman), current dauphin of France and future King Louis XVI, is the 18th century equivalent of a shy A/V nerd, and completely incapable of standing up for his new bride in a court of gossips and mean girls. refinery29.com, "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 Millender just hangs on rather than making much of an effort to stand up or set up a submission. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender live round-by-round coverage," 7 July 2018

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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

adjective

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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