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

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Examples of stand-up in a Sentence

Verb

a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The caller told police the naked man was about 50 feet from their dock, standing up and in full view of their picture window. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Brooklyn Center man accused of fishing in the nude on his pontoon," 3 July 2019 And then in 2003, when President Bush announced the stand up of the terrorist threat integration center to bring together CIA And FBI, John Brennan headed TTC at the time. CBS News, "Transcript: Russ Travers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 3 July 2019 Cost: $5 to $10 per square foot Life span: About 25 years Pros: A standard building material for driveways, clay brick easily stands up to normal usage and moderate weather, Bean says. Daniel Bortz, Washington Post, "The pros and cons of 6 driveway materials," 3 July 2019 Unfortunately, sometimes standing up for equal pay comes with repercussions, be it personal or professional. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Lilly Ledbetter: 5 ways to ensure you get equal pay," 1 July 2019 Now, campers can play on the river in tubes and kayaks or on stand up paddleboards. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Colorado’s newest campground offers glamping an hour from Denver," 29 June 2019 The Border Patrol has been standing up tents along the border to ease crowding in outdated stations. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "The Rush Is on to Spend Border Aid Funds," 28 June 2019 Some of the actors stood up to read their lines, others didn’t. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report," 25 June 2019 The name alludes to its most appealing feature: This thing stands almost 6 feet tall, so there’s plenty of room to stand up and move around. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "All the Coolest New Gear From Outdoor Retailer 2019," 21 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for stand-up

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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