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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



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

Verb a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sacramento travelers used to the rear exits immediately stand up and look back when their plane lands. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Stairs, selfies and a little fresh air: The future of Southwest Airlines boarding?," 7 Nov. 2019 Mayfield did appreciate Beckham standing up for him last week. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Baker Mayfield: Folks expected all ’sunshine and rainbows’ with Odell Beckham; must ‘force-feed him early’," 6 Nov. 2019 The suspect is described as standing up to six feet tall, 170 pounds, with jaw-length dreadlocks and clean shaven, wearing a black sweater and blue jeans. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 28 hours in West Allis, an Amazon driver got carjacked, a gas station was held up and there was a failed mugging," 28 Oct. 2019 Changing Canadian health care will take leadership and the ability to stand up to a private sector that knows how to exert pressure. Danielle Martin, STAT, "It’s time for Canada to embrace universal pharmacare and protect drug coverage from corporate erosion," 28 Oct. 2019 Just stood a few feet away and whined, the fur on his back standing up in one prickling ridge. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "My Dad's Childhood Home Was Haunted, and He Was the Only One Who Knew," 23 Oct. 2019 Congress had passed a law saying, hey, the U.S. government has to stand up a new agency a year and all of the folks that were doing aviation security screening have become federal employees. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Mobile Passport's Hans Miller Wants to Get Rid of All Airport Lines," 23 Oct. 2019 George said the discussion was going along pretty good until several individuals (young Earth creationists) stood up and proclaimed that this information was false because the age of the Earth is about 10,000 years old, not millions. The Rev. Dr. Wm. Louis "lou" Piel,, "Piel: Does the Bible need to be defended against modern science?," 11 Oct. 2019 If Grinch’s defense can stand up to Texas on Saturday, Oklahoma could have the goods to finally get past the semifinal round of the College Football Playoff. Nick Moyle,, "Oklahoma’s improved defense could be biggest challenge for Texas," 10 Oct. 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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The first known use of stand-up was before the 12th century

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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