- erect or vertical, as in position or posture.
- raised or directed vertically or upward.
- adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just: an upright person.
- being in accord with what is right: upright dealings.
- the state of being upright or vertical.
- something standing erect or vertical, as a piece of timber.
- an upright piano.
- Usually uprights. Chiefly Football. the goalposts.
- in an upright position or direction; vertically.
- to make upright.
Origin of upright
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Examples from the Web for upright
As I tried to get upright, I realized with horror that the blood was my own.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
He slept in an upright position in a custom armchair, so the reasons for his lying down to sleep are open to speculation.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
They look like evil corn silos or upright storm sewers or a trio of escaped steroidal church organ pipes wearing party hats.Up to a Point: A 'Space Corvette' in Every Garage
P. J. O’Rourke
September 6, 2014
So why not keep all passengers in the ‘upright position’ when they fly?Solution to Seat Rage: No More Reclining
September 4, 2014
An upright position—with shoulder blades gently squeezed and neck held tall—can make a lot of difference.Lumo Lift Vibrates You Into Better Posture
August 26, 2014
In all this he has been upright, disinterested and conscientious in word and deed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This fisherman, I am glad to tell you, was an exceedingly humane and upright man.The Gorgon's Head
He seemed to be cold and upright in his mind as in his body.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
What contempt must she not feel for him, she who was so upright, so high-minded?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
And all men tell me what an upright man he is, so that I am really friendly with him.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- vertical or erect
- honest, honourable, or just
- a vertical support, such as a stake or post
- short for upright piano
- the state of being vertical
- (tr) to make upright
Word Origin and History for upright
Old English upriht, from up "up" + riht "right." Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian upriucht, Middle Dutch oprecht, Old High German ufreht, German aufrecht, Old Norse uprettr). Figurative sense of "good, honest" is first attested 1520s. The noun in the sense of "something standing erect" is from 1742.
THREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
The bent-over rear-entry posture they are talking about, of course, is kubda, the three-obol position at the bottom-end of a prostitute's price-range. [James N. Davidson, "Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens," 1997]
Idioms and Phrases with upright
see bolt upright.