- honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.
- showing uprightness and fairness: honest dealings.
- gained or obtained fairly: honest wealth.
- sincere; frank: an honest face.
- genuine or unadulterated: honest commodities.
- respectable; having a good reputation: an honest name.
- truthful or creditable: honest weights.
- humble, plain, or unadorned.
- Archaic. chaste; virtuous.
Origin of honest
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsvirtuous, genuine, straightforward, fair, impartial, decent, sincere, trustworthy, authentic, equitable, conscientious, proper, honorable, reliable, forthright, true, direct, ethical, frank, high-minded
Examples from the Web for honest
To be honest, I think a lot of good essay writing comes out of that.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
So I’m sitting with my daughter and all of her friends—who are 13—and she says ‘Dad, can I be honest with you?Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
That desperate, honest, human voice, a voice willing to see change, or die, but in any event never to back up again.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
He is honest about his religious doubts, but he is committed to learning more about God.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
She turned to me as someone to keep her honest after she first dropped her sorority.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
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.
The man may be honest, captain: Don't trouble yourself too much.
I never was so honest for so long together since my matriculation.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.Way of the Lawless
- not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc; trustworthy
- not false or misleading; genuine
- just or fairhonest wages
- characterized by sincerity and candouran honest appraisal
- without pretensions or artificial traitshonest farmers
- archaic (of a woman) respectable
- honest broker a mediator in disputes, esp international ones
- honest Injun (interjection) school slang genuinely, really
- honest to God or honest to goodness
- (adjective)completely authentic
- (interjection)an expression of affirmation or surprise
- make an honest woman of to marry (a woman, esp one who is pregnant) to prevent scandal
Word Origin and History for honest
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.
Idioms and Phrases with honest
In addition to the idioms beginning with honest
- honest to God
- come by (honestly)
- open (honest) and aboveboard