- erect or vertical, as in position or posture.
- raised or directed vertically or upward.
- adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just: an upright person.
- being in accord with what is right: upright dealings.
- the state of being upright or vertical.
- something standing erect or vertical, as a piece of timber.
- an upright piano.
- Usually uprights. Chiefly Football. the goalposts.
- in an upright position or direction; vertically.
- to make upright.
Origin of upright
SynonymsSee more synonyms for upright on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for uprightly
But no—Clara was actually walking steadily and uprightly beside Heidi.Heidi
Your fool will stand for your lady most willingly and most uprightly.The Works of John Marston
His face was worn and haggard; latterly his head had not been carried so uprightly as of old.Desperate Remedies
On another there is a crown resting upon a pedestal, and the words "Si recte facias" (If you do uprightly).Caricature and Other Comic Art
This thing alone of itself may be an argument sufficient that they work not uprightly and truly.The Apology of the Church of England
- vertical or erect
- honest, honourable, or just
- a vertical support, such as a stake or post
- short for upright piano
- the state of being vertical
- (tr) to make upright
Word Origin and History for uprightly
Old English upriht, from up "up" + riht "right." Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian upriucht, Middle Dutch oprecht, Old High German ufreht, German aufrecht, Old Norse uprettr). Figurative sense of "good, honest" is first attested 1520s. The noun in the sense of "something standing erect" is from 1742.
THREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
The bent-over rear-entry posture they are talking about, of course, is kubda, the three-obol position at the bottom-end of a prostitute's price-range. [James N. Davidson, "Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens," 1997]
Idioms and Phrases with uprightly
see bolt upright.