What does upright mean?

Definitions for upright
ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪtup·right

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upright, verticalnoun

    a vertical structural member as a post or stake

    "the ball sailed between the uprights"

  2. upright, upright pianoadjective

    a piano with a vertical sounding board

  3. upright, unslopedadjective

    in a vertical position; not sloping

    "an upright post"

  4. good, just, uprightadjective

    of moral excellence

    "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"

  5. erect, vertical, uprightadjective

    upright in position or posture

    "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"


  1. uprightnoun

    Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports.

  2. uprightnoun

    A word clued by the successive initial, middle, or final letters of the cross-lights in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.

  3. uprightnoun

    An upright piano.

  4. uprightadverb

    in or into an upright position

  5. uprightadjective

    Vertical; erect.

    I was standing upright, waiting for my orders.

  6. uprightadjective

    Greater in height than breadth.

  7. uprightadjective

    Of good morals; practicing ethical values.

  8. Etymology: From upriht, from up + riht

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Uprightadjective

    Etymology: up and right.

    Comb down his hair; look! look! it stands upright. Sha.

    They are upright as the palm-tree. Jer x.

    In the morning, taking of somewhat of easy digestion, as milk, furthers nourishment: but this would be done sitting upright, that the milk may pass more speedily to the stomach. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    A tree at first setting, should not be shaken; and therefore put two little forks about the bottom of your trees, to keep them upright. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Circe, the daughter of the sun; whose charms
    Whoever tasted lost his upright shape,
    And downward fell into a grov’ling swine. John Milton.

    Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool
    His mighty stature. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i.

    You have the orthography, or upright of this ground-plat, and the explanation thereof, with a scale of feet and inches. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    All have their ears upright, waiting when the watchword shall come, that they should all arise unto rebellion. Edmund Spenser.

    Stood Theodore surpriz’d in deadly fright,
    With chatt’ring teeth, and bristling hair upright. Dryden.

    Such neighbour nearness shou’d not partialize
    Th’ unstooping firmness of my upright soul. William Shakespeare.

    How hast thou instill’d
    Thy malice into thousands, once upright
    And faithful, now prov’d false! John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The most upright of mortal men was he;
    The most sincere, and holy woman, she. Dryden.


  1. upright

    Body relative directions (also known as egocentric coordinates) are geometrical orientations relative to a body such as a human person's. The most common ones are: left and right; forward(s) and backward(s); up and down. They form three pairs of orthogonal axes.


  1. upright

    Upright refers to an object, posture, or position that is straight up and down, in a vertical or perpendicular direction, or not slanting or leaning. It can also refer to a person who is considered to be honest, honorable, or acting in accordance with high moral standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uprightadjective

    in an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree

  2. Uprightadjective

    morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways

  3. Uprightadjective

    conformable to moral rectitude

  4. Uprightadjective

    stretched out face upward; flat on the back

  5. Uprightnoun

    something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Upright

    up′rīt, adj. right or straight up: in an erect position: adhering to rectitude: honest: just.—adv. vertically.—advs. Uprigh′teously (obs.), in an upright or just manner; Up′rightly, in an upright manner: honestly.—n. Up′rightness.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Upright is ranked #28362 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Upright surname appeared 842 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Upright.

    95.4% or 804 total occurrences were White.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upright in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of upright in a Sentence

  1. Miguel Nicolelis:

    Interesting enough, at that point, they started reporting that they had a very different experience— [they were] feeling the tactile feedback, even in virtual reality, telling them, ‘I know I’m upright and standing, but it feels like my legs are moving,’.

  2. Clifford V. Villalon:

    Journalism can be expressed in many ways. Broadcasting is not a medium to denigrate anyone. I was part of journalism sometime ago. My purpose of living still remain unchanged -- to stay upright and balanced.

  3. Doris Lessing:

    All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.

  4. Kim Sam:

    I first met her during a protest in 2012 and she was sitting up straight even in the rain as she spoke about her struggle, upright, dignified - that's how she always was, first as a victim and later as a human rights activist. She's a role model I respect the most.

  5. John Ligato:

    So they hear a noise and they look back and there’s Canley. He’s walking down, upright, not running, walks over the little berm, picks up the first guy, throws him over his shoulder and walks back, so there’s two independent eyewitnesses on this. ... Canley says to them, individually, ‘Keep down, there’s a lot of incoming.’.

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Translations for upright

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  • مستقيمArabic
  • খাড়াBengali
  • dret, recte, dempeusCatalan, Valencian
  • vzpřímenýCzech
  • hochkant, aufrechtGerman
  • pystyFinnish
  • intègreFrench
  • זקוףHebrew
  • jujurIndonesian
  • dritto, virtuoso, retto, onesto, eretto, in posizione verticale, in verticale, in piedi, integroItalian
  • قیتKurdish
  • tūtika, matatika, turuturu, matikaMāori
  • oprecht, achter elkaar, overeindDutch
  • íntegroPortuguese
  • подпорка, прямо, стойка ворот, стойка, отвесный, вертикально, вертикальный, колонна, прямой, стоймя, стоя, честный, пианиноRussian

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