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[uhp-stan-ding] /ʌpˈstæn dɪŋ/
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 forms
upstandingness, noun Unabridged
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  • upstanding citizens who complained about looting, he added, could face arrest or worse.
  • He became an outstanding pupil and an upstanding member of the community.
  • He made it a habit to tweak old-fashioned, upstanding churchgoers.
  • It's been an honor to serve with such fine upstanding citizens.
  • The alleged perpetrator is an upstanding member of the community.
  • Where isolated, such mountains may form upstanding horns with three or four distinct faces.
  • Provide hole near end of outstanding leg to suit upstanding portion of tie.
  • These are also educated, degreed, and upstanding individuals.
British Dictionary definitions for upstanding


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 Forms
upstandingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for upstanding

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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