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  1. a person who stands, as a passenger in a train, a spectator at a theater, etc., either because all the seats are taken or because standing room is cheaper than a seat.

Origin of standee

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; stand + -ee
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Examples from the Web for standee

Historical Examples

  • But if you're a standee yourself you feel free to look any of 'em in the eye.

    Shorty McCabe on the Job</p>

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for standee


  1. a person who stands, esp when there are no vacant seats
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