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 upright. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

All have their ears upright. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways. [1913 Webster]

And that man [Job] was perfect and upright. --Job i. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. Conformable to moral rectitude. [1913 Webster]

Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure. --J. M. Mason. [1913 Webster]

4. Stretched out face upward; flat on the back. [Obs.] `` He lay upright.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

5. (Golf) Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Upright drill} (Mach.), a drilling machine having the spindle vertical. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word and its derivatives are usually pronounced in prose with the accent on the first syllable. But they are frequently pronounced with the accent on the second in poetry, and the accent on either syllable is admissible. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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

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