standby

or stand-by

[ stand-bahy ]
/ ˈstændˌbaɪ /

noun, plural stand·bys.

a staunch supporter or adherent; one who can be relied upon.
something upon which one can rely and therefore choose or use regularly.
something or someone held ready to serve as a substitute, especially a radio or television program used as a filler in case of cancellation of a regularly scheduled program.
a traveler who is waiting for last-minute accommodations to become available on a plane, train, or other transport as a result of a cancellation.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. standard-bred,
  2. standardbred,
  3. standardization,
  4. standardize,
  5. standaway,
  6. standee,
  7. standfast,
  8. standfirst,
  9. standing,
  10. standing army

Idioms

    on standby, in a state of readiness to act, respond, or be used immediately when needed.

Origin of standby

First recorded in 1790–1800; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand by

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