Definition of "honest" []

  • Marked by or displaying integrity; upright: an honest lawyer. (adjective)
  • Not deceptive or fraudulent; genuine: honest weight. (adjective)
  • Equitable; fair: honest wages for an honest day's work. (adjective)
  • Characterized by truth; not false: honest reporting. (adjective)
  • Sincere; frank: an honest critique. (adjective)
  • Not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc; trustworthy (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not false or misleading; genuine (adjective)
  • Just or fair (adjective)
  • Characterized by sincerity and candour (adjective)
  • Without pretensions or artificial traits (adjective)
  • (of a woman) respectable (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "honest" in a sentence
  • "’ My conscience says, ‘No; take heed, honest Launcelot; take heed, honest Gobbo; ’ or, as aforesaid, ‘honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running with thy heels."
  • "When you're dealin 'with an honest event -- _honest_, mind you -- as goes on year after year between two parties both ekally set on winnin', the only way to get real satisfaction is to pick your fancy an 'go on backin' it."
  • ""There are several men that I _believe_ to be honest," returned the owner of the bungalow, "yet only one that I know to be _honest_, and who possesses at the same time the judgment to undertake a mission like the one I have been telling you about.""