or stand·up



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. 2019

Examples from the Web for stand-up

Contemporary Examples of stand-up

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