from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Standing erect; upright.
  • adjective Taken, done, or used while standing.
  • adjective Of or designating a performer who stands alone on a stage, as in a nightclub, and delivers a comic monologue.
  • adjective Slang Courageous and steadfast.
  • noun Standup comedy.

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  • noun A comedian who performs on stage.
  • noun A free-standing photographic print or promotional item. Alternative spelling of standee.


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  • standup, n.

    The Guardian, 12 October 2015:

    In the explosive business of controlled demolition, a building that doesn’t go down in the way it was supposed to is known as a “standup”. And on Sunday, Glasgow got a double act as mortifying as the Krankies when thousands gathered to watch as the six remaining tower blocks of the historic Red Road flats were razed to the ground. As the dust settled and the two-year clear-up was pondered, it became clear. Two were still partially standing.

    October 15, 2015