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[uhp-rahyt, uhp-rahyt] /ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt/
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.
Usually, uprights. Chiefly Football. the goalposts.
in an upright position or direction; vertically.
verb (used with object)
to make upright.
Origin of upright
before 900; Middle English, Old English upriht (cognate with German aufrecht). See up, right
Related forms
uprightly, adverb
uprightness, noun
nonupright, adjective, noun
nonuprightly, adverb
nonuprightness, noun
1. plumb. Upright, erect, vertical, perpendicular imply that something is in the posture of being straight upward, not leaning. That which is upright is in a position corresponding to that of a person standing up: a decaying tree no longer standing upright; an upright piano. Erect emphasizes the straightness of position or posture: proud and erect; A flagpole stands erect. Vertical suggests upward direction, especially along the shortest line from the earth to a level above it: the vertical edge of a door; ornamented by vertical lines. Perpendicular, a term frequently interchangeable with vertical, is used especially in mathematics: the perpendicular side of a right triangle; to erect a perpendicular line from the base of a figure. 3. honorable. 6. pole, prop, pier, pile, column.
1. leaning, horizontal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uprightly
Historical Examples
  • But no—Clara was actually walking steadily and uprightly beside Heidi.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Your fool will stand for your lady most willingly and most uprightly.

  • His face was worn and haggard; latterly his head had not been carried so uprightly as of old.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • On another there is a crown resting upon a pedestal, and the words "Si recte facias" (If you do uprightly).

  • This thing alone of itself may be an argument sufficient that they work not uprightly and truly.

  • But he behaved well, and uprightly; and declared that he would not break his oath to King Haco.

  • As he likewise did this business most uprightly, he was enrolled in the band of the king's retainers.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Answer, That in so doing "they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel."

    Not Paul, But Jesus Jeremy Bentham
  • They seem to breathe rich promises of that full fruition to which our own lives shall come if we live them well and uprightly.

  • Haughty and deceptive spirits cannot refrain from such conduct, but love deals honestly and uprightly and face to face.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for uprightly


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
(transitive) to make upright
Derived Forms
uprightly, adverb
uprightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uprightly


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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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