Nearby words

  1. uppsala,
  2. upraise,
  3. upraised,
  4. uprate,
  5. uprear,
  6. upright piano,
  7. uprightly,
  8. uprise,
  9. uprising,
  10. upriver

Origin of upright

before 900; Middle English, Old English upriht (cognate with German aufrecht). See up, right

SYNONYMS FOR upright
1. plumb. Upright, erect, vertical, perpendicular imply that something is in the posture of being straight upward, not leaning. That which is upright is in a position corresponding to that of a person standing up: a decaying tree no longer standing upright; an upright piano. Erect emphasizes the straightness of position or posture: proud and erect; A flagpole stands erect. Vertical suggests upward direction, especially along the shortest line from the earth to a level above it: the vertical edge of a door; ornamented by vertical lines. Perpendicular, a term frequently interchangeable with vertical, is used especially in mathematics: the perpendicular side of a right triangle; to erect a perpendicular line from the base of a figure. 3. honorable. 6. pole, prop, pier, pile, column.

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British Dictionary definitions for uprightness

upright

adjective

vertical or erect
honest, honourable, or just

adverb

vertically

noun

a vertical support, such as a stake or post
short for upright piano
the state of being vertical

verb

(tr) to make upright
Derived Formsuprightly, adverbuprightness, noun

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Word Origin and History for uprightness

upright

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with uprightness

upright

see bolt upright.

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