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[uhp-stan-ding] /ʌpˈstæn dɪŋ/
upright; honorable; straightforward.
of a fine, vigorous type.
erect; erect and tall.
Origin of upstanding
before 1000; Middle English; Old English upstandende; see up-, stand, -ing2
Related forms
upstandingness, noun Unabridged
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  • She stooped ever so slightly and touched the upstanding mop of his wavy hair.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The Earth-beam still swept the heavens like a stiff, upstanding sword.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • He was big and upstanding, with a look of honesty that Pen liked.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • It was there I first met him, and a fine, upstanding young officer he was.

    The Great Sioux Trail Joseph Altsheler
  • The other has upstanding volutes of a heavy kind of foliage.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
British Dictionary definitions for upstanding


of good character
upright and vigorous in build
be upstanding
  1. (in a court of law) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet before the judge enters or leaves the court
  2. (at a formal dinner) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet for a toast
Derived Forms
upstandingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for upstanding

Old English, in the literal sense, from up + standing (see stand (v.)). Figurative sense of "honest" is attested from 1863.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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