from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Honest; honorable.
  • adj. Upright; while standing.
  • adj. Performed while standing although normally done while sitting.
  • adj. That allows the batter to advance to a given base (usually second or third) without having to slide.
  • n. A performance of stand-up comedy; jokes delivered standing on a stage
  • n. A short meeting performed while standing up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing; erect; upright; high.
  • Specifically, in pugilism, noting a fair boxing-match, where the combatants stand manfully to each other, without false falls: as, a fair stand-up fight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. requiring a standing position


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