upright

  • 1 Upright — Up right , a. [AS. upright, uppriht. See {Up}, and {Right}, a.] 1. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree. [1913 Webster] With chattering teeth, and bristling hair… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 upright — [up′rīt΄; ] for adj. and adv., also [ up rīt′] adj. [ME < OE upriht: see UP1 & RIGHT] 1. standing, pointing, or directed straight up; in a vertical or perpendicular position; erect 2. honest and just; honorable adv. in an upright position or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 upright — upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable are comparable when they are applied to men or their acts and words and mean having or exhibiting a strict regard for what is morally right. Upright implies manifest rectitude and an… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 Upright — Up right , n. 1. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of {Frame}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Basketwork) A tool made from a flat strip of steel with chisel edges at both ends, bent into horseshoe, the opening… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 upright — ► ADJECTIVE 1) vertical; erect. 2) greater in height than breadth. 3) strictly honourable or honest. 4) (of a piano) having vertical strings. ► ADVERB ▪ in or into an upright position. ► NOUN 1) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 upright — O.E. upriht, from up up + riht right. Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (Cf. O.Fris. upriucht, M.Du. oprecht, O.H.G. ufreht, Ger. aufrecht, O.N. uprettr). Figurative sense of good, honest is first attested 1520s. The noun in …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 upright — [adj1] straight up cocked, end on, end up, erect, on end, perpendicular, plumb, raised, sheer, standing, stand up, steep, straight, upended, upstanding, upward, vertical; concepts 581,583 Ant. fallen, lying, prone upright [adj2] honorable, honest …

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  • 8 upright — I adjective aboveboard, candid, circumspect, conscientious, erect, estimable, ethical, fair, forthright, good, guileless, highly principled, honest, honestus, honorable, incorruptible, integer, just, laudable, legitimate, moral, probus, pure,… …

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  • 9 upright — I UK [ˈʌpraɪt] / US [ˈʌpˌraɪt] adverb * sitting or standing with a straight back The dog was sitting upright on its hind legs. sit/stand bolt upright (= suddenly sit or stand very straight): Jenny sat bolt upright when she heard the noise.… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 upright — up|right1 [ ʌp,raıt ] adverb * in or into a steady correct position: We struggled to keep the boat upright. a. in or into a straight standing position: Pictures were propped upright against all the walls. b. sitting or standing with a straight… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 upright — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be, sit, stand ▪ rows of children sitting upright at their desks ▪ come, jerk, shoot, spring …

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  • 12 upright — [[t]ʌ̱praɪt[/t]] uprights 1) ADJ: usu ADJ after v, v link ADJ, also ADJ n If you are sitting or standing upright, you are sitting or standing with your back straight, rather than bending or lying down. Helen sat upright in her chair. ...those who …

    English dictionary

  • 13 upright — I. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. perpendicular, vertical b. erect in carriage or posture c. having the main axis or a main part perpendicular < upright freezer > 2. marked by strong moral rectitude < an upright citizen > • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 upright — uprightly, adv. uprightness, n. /up ruyt , up ruyt /, adj. 1. erect or vertical, as in position or posture. 2. raised or directed vertically or upward. 3. adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just: an upright person. 4. being in accord… …

    Universalium

  • 15 upright — up|right1 [ˈʌpraıt] adj, adv 1.) standing or sitting straight up sit/stand/walk upright ▪ The chimpanzee stood upright and grasped the bars of its cage. ▪ Katie was still awake, sitting bolt upright (=sitting with her back very straight) staring… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 upright — [ˈʌpraɪt] adv I 1) sitting or standing with a straight back Sara was wide awake, sitting upright in her bed.[/ex] 2) in or into a straight or standing position Pictures were propped upright against all the walls.[/ex] II adj upright [ˈʌpraɪt] 1)… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 upright — 1 adjective 1 standing straight up 2 always behaving in an honest way: decent, upright citizens uprightness noun (U) 2 adverb 1 sitting or standing with your back straight: sit/stand bolt upright: He sat bolt upright, startled by the scream. 2 if …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 upright — up•right [[t]ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt[/t]] adj. 1) erect or vertical, as in position or posture 2) raised or directed vertically or upward 3) adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just 4) being in accord with what is right 5) the state of being… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 upright — adj. & n. adj. 1 erect, vertical (an upright posture; stood upright). 2 (of a piano) with vertical strings. 3 (of a person or behaviour) righteous; strictly honourable or honest. 4 (of a picture, book, etc.) greater in height than breadth. n. 1 a …

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  • 20 upright — Synonyms and related words: Christian, Klavier, Samson post, Steinway, angelic, arrowlike, at attention, azimuth circle, baby grand, baluster, balustrade, banister, base, blameless, bolt upright, caryatid, cast up, cembalo, clarichord,… …

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