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.

pull/draw yourself upright (= stand or sit up straight):

Farrell drew himself upright and shook hands with us.

a) in or into a straight standing position

Pictures were propped upright against all the walls.

b) in or into a steady correct position

We struggled to keep the boat upright.


II UK [ˈʌpraɪt] / US [ˈʌpˌraɪt] adjective *
1) straight and tall

an upright vacuum cleaner

Prop up the canvas in an upright position.

2) someone who is upright always behaves in an honest way

an upright citizen

3) British an upright chair has no arms (= the parts on the sides that you rest your arms on)

III UK [ˈʌpraɪt] / US [ˈʌpˌraɪt] noun [countable]
Word forms "upright":
singular upright plural uprights
1) a tall post or other tall thin part of a larger structure, used especially for supporting something

Walker's shot hit the upright (= one of the two tall parts of the goal frame).

2) an upright piano

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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 — 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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