Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective requiring a standing position

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Examples

  • In many cities, a new technology called stand-up MRI is available.

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  • He was talking about playing something called a stand-up bass.

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  • He was talking about playing something called a stand-up bass.

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  • He was talking about playing something called a stand-up bass.

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  • It is best described as stand-up comedy meets naked physical theatre.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • It wasn't that long ago that Patton Oswalt was best known as a stand-up comedian and for his sidekick role on the long-running sitcom

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  • I want to be known as a stand-up guy who happened to make a mistake with a size 19 shoe and just move on.

    The Seattle Times

  • "But what would Bill Hicks say?" he ends, referring to the stand-up comedian famous for his takedowns of American culture.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • It is best described as stand-up comedy meets naked physical theatre.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Somewhere inside you is a Kalahari fool—a stand-up comedian who wants to make some clean and dirty fun about your life.

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  • "For as long as there have been nubile farmers’ daughters and bars that serve priests and rabbis, plagiarism has been part of the humorists’ landscape, enabled by the distance between markets where traveling stand-ups performed and by an unspoken rule that if you could lift someone else’s punch line and get away with it, it was yours."

    --The New York Times "Sincerest Form of Flattery: Some Joke!" by Dave Itzkoff, December 12, 2010.

    December 15, 2010