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  1. standing erect or upright, as a collar.
  2. performed, taken, etc., while one stands: a stand-up meal.
  3. designed for or requiring a standing position: a stand-up lunch counter.
  4. (of a fight) characterized by the rapid exchange of many blows with little attention given to defensive maneuvering.
  5. characterized by an erect or bold stance: a stand-up batter who hits many doubles.
  6. Baseball. (of a double or triple) pertaining to a hit that allows the hitter to reach the base safely without having to slide.
  7. (of a comedian) delivering a comic monologue while alone on the stage.

Origin of stand-up

First recorded in 1580–90; adj. use of verb phrase stand up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of stand-up

  • The edge of a stand-up collar, stiff with gold embroidery, rubbed her cheek.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He lighted one, and stuck it on the ledge of the stand-up desk.


    Joseph Conrad

  • There is no harm in a stand-up fight with the weapons of nature.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray

  • There were ladies in coats and stand-up collars, and gentlemen with ringlets.

  • This will do away with the stand-up look that sleeves sometimes have.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

Word Origin and History for stand-up

"courageous," 1811, originally of fist fights. To stand (someone) up "fail to keep an appointment" is attested from 1902. Stand-up comic first attested 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper