stand-up

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

Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 But one very good thing that occurred — regardless of your view about her bill — was a normally low-key Senate leader standing up to a powerful new governor of her own party. Los Angeles Times, "In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work," 16 Sep. 2019 And how had their limitations and perpetual foreignness affected their ability to stand up for themselves? New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 If those polls stand up, Lieberman could emerge as the kingmaker, spelling trouble for Netanyahu. Washington Post, "Fighting for survival: Keys to Netanyahu’s return to power," 18 Sep. 2019 In the Gospel from Luke Jesus is teaching in the synagogue where a crippled woman who could not stand up straight appears. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: St. Paul’s Episcopal has a new rector," 15 Sep. 2019 Return to the upright lunge position, then stand up by bringing the rear leg forward to meet the other. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 Song said Unheard Voices is a nonprofit started in 2017 that represents prisoners who are standing up for their rights while incarcerated. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "‘Unheard Voices’ to rally for Alabama prisoners in D.C.," 13 Sep. 2019 Rodriguez answered, prompting Strahan to stand up and shake the former player’s hand. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Alex Rodriguez Says His Exes Will Be Invited to Wedding to Jennifer Lopez: 'The More the Merrier'," 11 Sep. 2019 Its ordeal finally over, the moose then stands up and runs away. Fox News, "Cops use Tasers to incapacitate and free moose tangled in a hammock," 11 Sep. 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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The first known use of stand-up was before the 12th century

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stand-up

adjective
How to pronounce stand up (audio)

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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