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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    Accurate.

    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.]

Freebase

  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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How to say honest in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Eliud Kipchoge:

    In life, the idea is to be happy. So, I believe in calm, simple, low-profile life. You live simple, you train hard and live an honest life. Then you are free.

  2. Prime Minister Scott Morrison:

    It's a pretty honest question, with an honest intent and an honest motive. And I'm seeing more and more support for that position.

  3. Hisashi Iwakuma:

    To be honest, I never thought I would accomplish a no-hitter, i can't find words to express my feelings. Extremely happy.

  4. Mike Pences:

    It's very meaningful for me and my family to be here. So many years after my father's service. To be honest with you, my dad didn't talk about his combat experience much until we were all grown up. It was a lot of tough fighting here, i think, in some way, my Dad just might be smiling from heaven to see the sacrifices that he and other American soldiers and South Korean soldiers made here are now passed on to my generation. That's not changed out our commitment to the secure and prosperity of South Korea.

  5. Tung Yin:

    The theory is that a public official owes the rights of honest service to the public.

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