• IPA: /ˈʌpɹaɪt/


  1. Vertical; erect.
    I was standing upright, waiting for my orders.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, The merry Deuill of Edmonton, introduction, lines 1–4 ↗
      Fab[ell]: What meanes the tolling of this fatall chime, // O what a trembling horror ſtrikes my hart! // My ſtiffned haire ſtands vpright on my head, // As doe the briſtles of a porcupine.
    • 1782, Fanny Burney, Cecilia; or, Memoirs of an Heiress, volume V, Book X, chapter X: “A Termination”, page 372 ↗
      Supported by pillows, ſhe ſat almoſt upright.
  2. Greater in height than breadth.
  3. (figuratively) Of good morals; practicing ethical values.
    • 1611, King James Version, Job 1:1:
      There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
  4. (of a golf club) Having the head approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
  • (vertical, erect) surrect (obsolete, rare)
Translations Translations Translations Adverb


  1. in or into an upright position
  • Italian: in piedi, in posizione verticale
  • Russian: вертика́льно
  • Spanish: verticalmente

upright (plural uprights)

  1. Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports.
  2. A word clued by the successive initial, middle, or final letters of the cross-lights in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
  3. (informal) An upright piano.
  4. Short for upright vacuum cleaner.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: пиани́но
  • Spanish: piano vertical

upright (uprights, present participle uprighting; past and past participle uprighted)

  1. (transitive) To set upright or stand back up (something that has fallen).

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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