standout

or stand-out

[ stand-out ]
/ ˈstændˌaʊt /

noun

something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others: Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles.
someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.

adjective

outstanding; superior.

Nearby words

  1. standish, miles,
  2. standoff,
  3. standoff insulator,
  4. standoff missile,
  5. standoffish,
  6. standover man,
  7. standpat,
  8. standpatter,
  9. standpatters,
  10. standpattism

Origin of standout

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand out

Origin of stand

before 900; Middle English standen (v.), Old English standan; cognate with Old Saxon standan, Middle Dutch standen, Old High German stantan, standa, standan; akin to Latin stāre to stand, sistere, Greek histánai to make stand, Sanskrit sthā to stand, Old Irish at-tá (he) is

Synonym study

25. See bear1.

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British Dictionary definitions for stand out

stand out

verb (intr, adverb)

to be distinctive or conspicuous
to refuse to agree, consent, or complythey stood out for a better price
to protrude or project
to navigate a vessel away from a port, harbour, anchorage, etc

noun standout

informal
  1. a person or thing that is distinctive or outstanding
  2. (as modifier)the standout track from the album
a person who refuses to agree or consent

stand

/ (stænd) /

verb stands, standing or stood (mainly intr)

noun


Derived Formsstander, noun

Word Origin for stand

Old English standan; related to Old Norse standa, Old High German stantan, Latin stāre to stand; see stead

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Word Origin and History for stand out
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Idioms and Phrases with stand out

stand out

1

Protrude, project, as in Those reliefs stand out from the building walls. [First half of 1500s]

2

Be conspicuous, distinctive, or prominent, as in He's so tall that he always stands out in a crowd. [Mid-1800s]

3

Refuse to comply, remain opposed, as in The one juror is standing out against a guilty verdict. [Late 1500s]

stand

In addition to the idioms beginning with stand

  • stand a chance
  • stand at ease
  • stand by
  • stand corrected
  • stand down
  • stand fast
  • stand for
  • stand guard
  • stand in awe
  • stand in for
  • standing joke
  • standing on one's head
  • stand in good stead
  • standing order
  • stand off
  • stand on
  • stand one's ground
  • stand on one's own feet
  • stand out
  • stand over
  • stand pat
  • stand still for
  • stand the gaff
  • stand the sight of
  • stand to reason
  • stand up
  • stand up and be counted
  • stand up for
  • stand up to
  • stand up with

also see:

  • can't stand the sight of
  • heart misses a beat (stands still)
  • (stand) in awe of
  • it stands to reason
  • know where one stands
  • make a stand
  • make one's hair stand on end
  • not have (stand) an earthly chance
  • take a stand
  • without a leg to stand on
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