upstanding

[ uhp-stan-ding ]
/ ʌpˈstæn dɪŋ /

adjective

upright; honorable; straightforward.
of a fine, vigorous type.
erect; erect and tall.

Origin of upstanding

before 1000; Middle English; Old English upstandende; see up-, stand, -ing2
Related formsup·stand·ing·ness, noun
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upstanding

/ (ʌpˈstændɪŋ) /

adjective

of good character
upright and vigorous in build
be upstanding
  1. (in a court of law) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet before the judge enters or leaves the court
  2. (at a formal dinner) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet for a toast
Derived Formsupstandingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for upstanding

upstanding


adj.

Old English, in the literal sense, from up + standing (see stand (v.)). Figurative sense of "honest" is attested from 1863.

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