- 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 uprightness
There is a truthfulness in action as well as in words, which is essential to uprightness of character.Self-Help
That he did this shows the great trust which he placed in their uprightness.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
I knew him; he was not a genius, but he had at least a great deal of uprightness and energy.Doctor Pascal
Cornwood was smart, if he was nothing else in the way of honesty and uprightness.Up the River
You could see that he spoke with earnestness and from the uprightness of his soul.Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680
- 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 uprightness
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 uprightness
see bolt upright.