What does honest mean?

Definitions for honest
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.

  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

  3. honest(Adjective)

    In good faith; without malice.

    an honest mistake

  4. honest(Adjective)


    an honest scale

  5. honest(Adjective)

    Authentic; full.

    an honest day's work

  6. honest(Adjective)

    Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

    an honest dollar

  7. Origin: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honest(adj)

    decent; honorable; suitable; becoming

  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

  3. Honest(adj)

    open; frank; as, an honest countenance

  4. Honest(adj)

    chaste; faithful; virtuous

  5. Honest(adj)

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

  6. Origin: [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

How to pronounce honest?

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How to say honest in sign language?

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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. Ivanka Trump:

    I have to be honest.

  2. Barack Obama:

    I'll be honest with you.

  3. Board President Bob Dana:

    My goal is an honest one.

  4. Jon Stewart:

    What you do is not honest.

  5. Grover Cleveland:

    Honor lies in honest toil.

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