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ˈɒn ɪsthon·est

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. honest, honorableadjective

    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

    "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"

  2. honestadjective

    without dissimulation; frank

    "my honest opinion"

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

    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. honestadjective

    without pretensions

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

  5. honestadjective

    marked by truth

    "gave honest answers"; "honest reporting"

  6. good, honestadjective

    not forged

    "a good dollar bill"

  7. honest, fairadjective

    gained or earned without cheating or stealing

    "an honest wage"; "an fair penny"


  1. honestadjective

    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. honestadjective

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

    an honest account of events; honest reporting

  3. honestadjective

    In good faith; without malice.

    an honest mistake

  4. honestadjective


    an honest scale

  5. honestadjective

    Authentic; full.

    an honest day's work

  6. honestadjective

    Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

    an honest dollar

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HONESTadjective

    Etymology: honeste, French; honestus, Latin.

    What art thou?
    —— A very honest hearted fellow, and as poor as the king. Sh.

    The way to relieve ourselves from those sophisms, is an honest and diligent enquiry into the real nature and causes of things. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll devise some honest slanders
    To stain my cousin with: one doth not know
    How much an ill word doth impoison liking. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honestadjective

    decent; honorable; suitable; becoming

  2. Honestadjective

    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. Honestadjective

    open; frank; as, an honest countenance

  4. Honestadjective

    chaste; faithful; virtuous

  5. Honestadjective

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

  6. 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. Douglas MacArthur:

    Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

  2. George Washington:

    I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

  3. Brooke Burke:

    I teach classes, so that keeps me honest and committed, but I sometimes schedule workouts with friends, finding an accountability buddy can help. And it’s all about how I feel that day. Maybe one day I'll take a yoga class where I can do lots of stretching or go on a walk the following day. The digital space is also helpful. The goal is to keep moving.

  4. Arthur Caplan:

    Duty to patient is central to all codes of ethics, so is duty to be honest and not spin information.

  5. Terence Shigg:

    Let's be honest, narcotics use is on the rise and has been on the rise for years. The argument that America's hunger for drugs fuels the drug trade, and all that it entails, is partially true.

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