UK [ʌpˈstændɪŋ] / US adjective formal
honest and deserving respect

a fine, upstanding young man

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  • upstanding — O.E., in the literal sense, from UP (Cf. up) + standing (see STAND (Cf. stand) (v.)). Fig. sense of honest is attested from 1863 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • upstanding — [up′stan′diŋ] adj. 1. standing straight; erect 2. upright in character and behavior; honorable …   English World dictionary

  • upstanding — adj. (esp. BE) be upstanding ( stand up ) (be upstanding for the judge; be upstanding for a toast) * * * [ˌʌp stændɪŋ] (esp. BE) be upstanding (be upstanding for the judge; be upstanding for a toast; stand up ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • upstanding — [[t]ʌpstæ̱ndɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Upstanding people behave in a morally acceptable way. [FORMAL] ...a fine, upstanding and decent Irish citizen... You look like a nice upstanding young man. Syn: upright …   English dictionary

  • upstanding — 1. adjective honest; reputable An upstanding merchant will exchange a faulty product. 2. adverb standing up Please be upstanding for His Worship the Mayor. See Also: stand …   Wiktionary

  • upstanding — up|stand|ing [ʌpˈstændıŋ] adj formal 1.) honest and responsible ▪ upstanding young men and women 2.) standing upright or pointing upwards 3.) be upstanding BrE spoken formal used in a formal situation such as a law court to tell people to stand… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • upstanding — /ˈʌpstændɪŋ / (say upstanding) (especially in predicative use) /ʌpˈstændɪŋ / (say up standing) adjective 1. standing erect; erect and tall, especially of persons or animals; erect, well grown and vigorous in body or form. 2. straightforward, open …  

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