- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒnɪst/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑnɪst/
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- (of a person or institution) 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.
- (of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.
- an honest account of events
- honest reporting
- In good faith; without malice.
- an honest mistake
- (of a measurement device) Accurate.
- an honest scale
- Authentic; full.
- an honest day’s work
- Earned or acquired in a fair manner.
- an honest dollar
- Open; frank.
- an honest countenance
- (obsolete) Decent; honourable; suitable; becoming.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
- 1624, William Simons, “The Gouernment Returned againe to Sir Thomas Gates, 1611”, in John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: […], London: Printed by I[ohn] D[awson] and I[ohn] H[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, OCLC 1049014009, book 4; reprinted in The Generall Historie of Virginia, [...] (Bibliotheca Americana), Cleveland, Oh.: The World Publishing Company, 1966, OCLC 633956660, page 111:
- […] Vpon the verge of the Riuer there are fiue houſes, wherein liue the honeſter ſort of people, as Farmers in England, and they keepe continuall centinell for the townes ſecuritie.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “[The Fables of Æsop, &c.] Fab[le] CLV. A Shepherd and a Wolves Whelp [Reflexion].”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: Printed for R[ichard] Sare, […], OCLC 228727523, page 6:
- [T]here are Wolf-Whelps in Palaces, and Governments, as well as in Cottages, and Foreſts. […] They go out however, as there is Occaſion, and Hunt and Growle for Company; but at the ſame time, they give the Sign out of their Maſters hand, hold Intelligence with the Enemy; and Make uſe of their Power and Credit to Worry Honeſter Men them Themſelves.
- (obsolete) Chaste; faithful; virtuous.
- See also Thesaurus:honest
scrupulous with regard to telling the truth
of a statement: true, fair, unbiased
in good faith, without malice
earned or acquired in a fair manner
- (obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Archbishop Sandys to this entry?)
- (colloquial) Honestly; really.
- It wasn’t my fault, honest.
- honest in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- honest in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911