up-and-down

adjective \ ˌəp-ən(d)-ˈdau̇n , ˌəp-ᵊm- \

Definition of up-and-down

1 :marked by alternate upward and downward movement, action, or surface

First Known Use of up-and-down

circa 1755


up and down

adverb

Definition of up and down

1 :to and fro
  • paced up and down
2 :so as to move upward and then downward repeatedly
  • jumping up and down
3 archaic :here and there especially throughout an area
4 :with regard to every particular :thoroughly
  • knew the territory up and down

up and down

preposition

First Known Use of up and down

12th century


UP-AND-DOWN Defined for Kids

up-and-down

adjective \ ˌəp-ənd-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of up-and-down for Students

1 :switching between upward and downward movement or action
2 :1perpendicular 1
  • an up-and-down post

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