What does honest mean?

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ˈɒn ɪsthon·est

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. honest, honorable(adj)

    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

    "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"

  2. honest(adj)

    without dissimulation; frank

    "my honest opinion"

  3. dependable, honest, reliable, true(p)(adj)

    worthy of being depended on

    "a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me"

  4. honest(adj)

    without pretensions

    "worked at an honest trade"; "good honest food"

  5. honest(adj)

    marked by truth

    "gave honest answers"; "honest reporting"

  6. good, honest(adj)

    not forged

    "a good dollar bill"

  7. honest, fair(adj)

    gained or earned without cheating or stealing

    "an honest wage"; "an fair penny"


  1. honest(Adjective)

    Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.

    We're the most honest people you will ever come across.

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

  2. honest(Adjective)

    True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.

    an honest account of events; honest reporting

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

  3. honest(Adjective)

    In good faith; without malice.

    an honest mistake

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

  4. honest(Adjective)


    an honest scale

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

  5. honest(Adjective)

    Authentic; full.

    an honest day's work

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

  6. honest(Adjective)

    Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

    an honest dollar

    Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honest(adj)

    decent; honorable; suitable; becoming

    Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]

  2. Honest(adj)

    characterized by integrity or fairness and straight/forwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession

    Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]

  3. Honest(adj)

    open; frank; as, an honest countenance

    Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]

  4. Honest(adj)

    chaste; faithful; virtuous

    Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]

  5. Honest(adj)

    to adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable

    Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]


  1. Honest

    Honest is a black comedy crime film released in 2000. The film was the directorial debut of ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart and starred Peter Facinelli and three members of the British/Canadian girl group All Saints: sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, and Melanie Blatt. The plot follows the antics of three gun-toting, streetwise, saucy sisters in Swinging London in the late 1960s. The film is most notable for the topless scenes by the Appleton sisters. Blatt and the Appletons also contributed to three songs on the film's soundtrack. Honest received blistering reviews with one critic remarking, "It is the worst kind of rubbish, the kind that makes you angry you have wasted 105 minutes of your life." However, the Sunday Times gave it 4 stars and called it a "cult classic" à la Amazon Women on the Moon. The film was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. The low budget film flopped in its opening week in the UK, earning only £111,309 on 220 screens.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Honest

    on′est, adj. full of honour: just: the opposite of thievish, free from fraud: frank, fair-seeming, openly shown: chaste: (B.) honourable.—adv. Hon′estly.—n. Hon′esty, the state of being honest: integrity: candour: a small flowering plant, so called from its transparent seed-pouch: (B.) becoming deportment: (Shak.) chastity.—Make an honest woman of, to marry, where the woman has been dishonoured first. [Fr.,—L. honestushonor.]

Editors Contribution

  1. honest

    The actions and characteristics of being truthful.

    She was always honest with all her customers and they knew it so trusted her.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3887

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1206

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Adjectives Frequency: #448

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of honest in a Sentence

  1. Charley Hoffman:

    My hair stopped growing on top like it used to, I guess as you would know, so it wasn't that great a look anymore, to be honest with you.

  2. John Lewis:

    I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans, i just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.

  3. Grand County:

    I dont know what well see in the morning, to be honest, but you know what? Together, as a community, were going to get through this.

  4. Da Silva:

    My hope is that they be honest. I want news, even if its bad.

  5. Fernand Amandi:

    When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it? Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has refused to back down from his comments arguing during Tuesday nights debate in South Carolina that former President Barack Obama had once praised the Castro regimes progress on education and healthcare. The Vermont lawmaker said there is a reticence among Americans to look back at Washingtons own history of overthrowing foreign governments and supporting dictators. It might be a good idea to be honest of American foreign policy and that is the American government helped overthrow governments in Chile, Nicaragua, and Iran, Sanders said in reference to U.S. support in overthrowing leaders in those countries in the 1970s and 80s. Sanders reference to Obama did not sit well with former Vice President Joe Biden, who claimed that his boss never embraced an authoritarian regime, while former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg lamented that the candidates were debating about Cold War-era policies. This is not about what coups happened in the 1970s and 80s, this is about the future, Buttigieg said. Sanders comments about the Castro regime could play a large role in how he fares in Floridas March 17 primary. Sanders socialist identification and his willingness to praise leftist regimes have given his Democratic opponents ammunition to question his electability in a state with a large Cuban American population that remains fiercely skeptical of leftist governments. In Florida, where Hispanics account for nearly one in every five voters, that skepticism could present a major hurdle for Sanders in the states primary, and for Democrats hoping to win Floridas 29 electoral votes in November. According to an Associated Press survey, about a third of Cuban American midterm voters identified as Democrats. However, Democrats hardly have a lock on that vote in battleground Florida, particularly among the nearly 2 million Floridians of Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan origin. In 2018, Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly won Floridas governors mansion. While more than two-fifths of Florida Latinos voters favored DeSantis overall, a clear majority of Cuban American voters 57 percent cast their support for the Republican. Critics say Sanders needs to more strongly disavow Cuba and other authoritarian regimes. Its not just about Cuban American voters, its Hispanic voters as well, many of whom would never consider voting for an avowed socialist ....

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