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adjective
  1. honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.
  2. showing uprightness and fairness: honest dealings.
  3. gained or obtained fairly: honest wealth.
  4. sincere; frank: an honest face.
  5. genuine or unadulterated: honest commodities.
  6. respectable; having a good reputation: an honest name.
  7. truthful or creditable: honest weights.
  8. humble, plain, or unadorned.
  9. Archaic. chaste; virtuous.
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Origin of honest

1250–1300; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestus honorable, equivalent to hones- (variant stem of honōs) honor + -tus adj. suffix
Related formshon·est·ness, nouno·ver·hon·est, adjectiveo·ver·hon·est·ly, adverbo·ver·hon·est·ness, nounqua·si-hon·est, adjectivequa·si-hon·est·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. just, incorruptible, trusty, trustworthy. 2. fair. 4. straightforward, candid. 5, 9. pure.

Antonyms

1. dishonest, corrupt.
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Examples from the Web for honest

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Historical Examples

  • This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The man may be honest, captain: Don't trouble yourself too much.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I never was so honest for so long together since my matriculation.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.


British Dictionary definitions for honest

honest

adjective
  1. not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc; trustworthy
  2. not false or misleading; genuine
  3. just or fairhonest wages
  4. characterized by sincerity and candouran honest appraisal
  5. without pretensions or artificial traitshonest farmers
  6. archaic (of a woman) respectable
  7. honest broker a mediator in disputes, esp international ones
  8. honest Injun (interjection) school slang genuinely, really
  9. honest to God or honest to goodness
    1. (adjective)completely authentic
    2. (interjection)an expression of affirmation or surprise
  10. make an honest woman of to marry (a woman, esp one who is pregnant) to prevent scandal
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Derived Formshonestness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestus distinguished, from honōs honour
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Word Origin and History for honest

adj.

c.1300, "respectable, decent, of neat appearance," also "free from fraud," from Old French honeste (12c.; Modern French honnête), from Latin honestus "honorable, respected, regarded with honor," figuratively "deserving honor, honorable, respectable," from honos (see honor (n.)). Main modern sense of "dealing fairly, truthful" is c.1400, as is sense of "virtuous." Phrase to make an honest woman of "marry a woman after seduction" is from 1620s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with honest

honest

In addition to the idioms beginning with honest

  • honest to God

also see:

  • come by (honestly)
  • open (honest) and aboveboard
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