Definition of stand-up in English:

stand-up

adjective

attributive
  • 1Involving, done by, or engaged in by people standing up.

    ‘a stand-up party’
    • ‘Game retailers encourage potential customers to preview soon-to-be domestic games, encased within stand-up arcade consoles.’
    • ‘Along with a game of stand-up bingo, and a turn by David Beesley as ‘Luciano Pavasnotty’, the audience was kept entertained all night.’
    • ‘There is a carpeted bathroom on the return: this is fitted with a corner stand-up shower unit, handbasin and separate toilet.’
    1. 1.1(of comedy or a comedian) performed or performing by standing in front of an audience and telling jokes.
      ‘a stand-up comic’
      ‘his stand-up routine depends on improvised observations’
      • ‘Despite the discouraging situation, he was fuelled with material for his stand-up comedy routine.’
      • ‘The first independent entrant, LCDR Simon Rooke, worked the crowd with his stand-up comedy routine, which proved very popular.’
      • ‘A guy comes out and does a stand-up comedy routine at the start of the show about economics.’
      • ‘Mr Silberberg, 48, is also known to many Swindon people as both compère and performer at stand-up comedy evenings at various venues across the town.’
      • ‘Deirdre has become on of Ireland's most recognised and acclaimed performers in stand-up comedy in recent years.’
      • ‘It was the first time yours truly, Robert Cullen, stepped on to a stage to perform stand-up comedy.’
      • ‘He has a wicked and withering sense of humour, and continues to perform stand-up comedy around the country.’
      • ‘For example, Eddie Izzard's stand-up comedy performance film Dress To Kill includes a commentary track by him.’
      • ‘After my show last night, a woman approached me to ask me if I'd consider performing stand-up comedy at her wedding.’
      • ‘This year the Arts Alive International Festival promises to be an extravaganza, with music, dance, art, poetry, stand-up comedy and theatre on the bill.’
      • ‘His start came at the tender age of 18 when he began performing stand-up comedy on a dare from his University dorm mates.’
      • ‘Featuring a variety of music, stand-up comedy, dance and illusion, Bollywood Nights aims to be a fun night out for the family.’
      • ‘Finally there are Comedy Central quickies featuring some more stand-up comedy by various performers.’
      • ‘A fellow blogger recommended me to do stand-up comedy when the ‘lame jokes’ trend is in again.’
      • ‘Fallen comic Michael Barrymore returned to stand-up comedy for the first time in years last night as he attempted to resurrect his career in the West End.’
      • ‘Smith, who was born in 1951, set out to be a painter, but exposure to performance art, video and stand-up comedy led him in other directions.’
      • ‘At the stand-up comedy there is deep relief in seeing an audience of assorted South Africans all howling with laughter at themselves being ripped off.’
      • ‘‘We were fans of the first wave of alternative stand-up comedy in the late 1980s,’ says Irish-born Sheppard.’
      • ‘The benefit will feature a variety of acts, from klezmer to jazz to stand-up comedy.’
      • ‘In a stand-up culture where comedians are allowed to be outrageous up to the point of their first television contract, Hicks was a mite too edgy.’
  • 2(of a fight or argument) involving direct confrontation.

    ‘she had a stand-up row with her husband’
    • ‘‘Louise and I used to have stand-up fights about who was going to be Vanessa,’ laughs Maureen.’
    • ‘I can hardly think of an occasion when I've got into a stand-up fight with any political opponent.’
    • ‘Some anglers also use a harness, but this is rarely necessary for average fit anglers and a stand-up fight is typical and most rewarding.’
    • ‘And our governments are afraid of them - no nation-state is going to take on the US in a stand-up fight.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, I'd have a stand-up argument with someone like this, right there and then in the shop.’
    • ‘This week's action has involved Thomas Mesereau and the accuser's mother having stand-up cat fights in the courtroom.’
    • ‘Depending on which weapons and powerups you use, you can choose to fight run and gun, snipe from a distance or have a plain stand-up fight behind cover.’
    • ‘As good as those matches were, they will never replace really good, stand-up fights.’
    • ‘Cabin crew were involved in a stand-up argument with the man in front of dozens of Irish holiday-makers.’
    • ‘Far from the stand-up rows and slanging matches of previous months, councillors kept their voices low, and largely, their comments to themselves.’
    • ‘That was apparently the second incident in one day - he'd had a stand-up row with one of the journalists at the launch that morning.’
    • ‘He had a stand-up row with Laura Nyro during a demo taping as he insisted that she should stick to cover versions and other people's songs.’
    • ‘There were stand-up rows, stormy walk-outs and tearful tantrums about faded careers.’
    • ‘A stand-up row with the then England captain Mike Brearley followed, with Lillee arguing that the rulebook didn't state that a bat must be made of willow.’
    • ‘I had expected a stand-up row followed by an avalanche of tears and I could not tell if what had transpired was better or worse than I had imagined.’
    • ‘Years ago, after a stand-up row with a queue-jumping Bulgarian peasant in a post office in Bulgaria, I realised that queues are not important in many other countries.’
    • ‘Eventually, Cat, a civil engineer with Cork County Council, turned on Dean and the debate turned into a stand-up row before the two stormed off.’
    • ‘She insisted that only 7 be allowed into the house and they had a stand-up row on the side of the road as she refused him permission to move extra beds into the house.’
    • ‘The gargantuan scale of corruption might never have become public had Welch, a Mormon bishop, not had a stand-up public row with his wife over presents he had bought for his mistress.’
    • ‘‘It was totally nerve-wracking,’ says Kuster of the stand-up showdown.’
    1. 2.1US informal Courageous and loyal in a combative way.
      ‘he was a stand-up kind of guy’
      ‘I was strong, I was stand-up, I could take anything’
      • ‘Tom Ridge must be a stand-up guy and an all-around great American.’
      • ‘And we'll also hear from Robert Klein, a stand-up guy who's also saved lives.’
      • ‘I also think it's appalling that Mark Felt, who is a stand-up guy, only gets twice as much as a woman who runs away from her own wedding.’
      • ‘Len Garment has at least been a pretty stand-up guy about this.’
      • ‘He was forthcoming about nagging injuries and the change in leagues holding him back a bit - a very stand-up guy.’
      • ‘The Ken Lay I knew was a stand-up guy who did everything he could for his community and I lost money in Enron.’
      • ‘Is Jim Boyd a stand-up guy who is willing to debate this important issue fairly, and on the merits?’
      • ‘I was, after all, a stand-up guy, just like he'd said.’
      • ‘Leo's a stand-up guy; he didn't rat out his best friend, Willie, on his way down.’
      • ‘But I've said it before: I think he's a stand-up guy in a world of flakes.’
      • ‘Krugman's analysis had entirely to do with show, with symbols, with heroes and villains, stand-up guys and wimps.’
      • ‘I'd be remiss not to mention two of my dear friends, Robbie Ellis and Chris Hero, who are both stellar, stand-up guys.’
      • ‘Fassel is a stand-up guy who was willing to go down with the ship even after being fired, and he will be rewarded for that attitude sometime soon.’
      • ‘You're a stand-up guy for wanting to do something about this - good luck!’
      • ‘He'd known Sonny since freshman year of high school, a real stand-up guy.’
      • ‘He always has been that kind of stand-up guy, as well as polite to a fault.’
      • ‘‘But before we rally around this stand-up guy from Britain, we should ask him a few questions of his own,’ he warned.’
      • ‘We may disagree on political issues, but there are stand-up people in the United States Senate and in the House of Representatives.’
      • ‘Hence the rise of bottled beers imported from countries where beer drinkers are respected as stand-up citizens and where a flat pint of lager just would not be tolerated.’
      • ‘And I thought that was a stand-up thing to do, and I thought maybe this is a step toward removing this.’
  • 3Designed to stay upright or erect.

    ‘indigo blue shirts with stand-up collars’
    • ‘The jacket features a stand-up collar with tri-color design, an open bottom hem with Shockcord drawstring closure and cord lock holder.’
    • ‘The stand-up collar was similar to the Western-style, and the three hidden pockets of Western suits were changed into four outside pockets with flaps.’
    • ‘The most formal choice and the style most often worn with tuxedo jackets, this stand-up collar has downward points.’
    • ‘There he was, in delicate profile, an angelic child wearing a big Mozart-style stand-up jacket collar and ruffled shirt.’
    • ‘I'm talking about the sort of satin capes with stand-up collars that Elvis wore in Vegas, or that wrestlers wear as they enter the ring.’
    • ‘It can match silk blouses, topwear with stand-up collars or v-shaped collars, loose trousers, or skirts.’
    • ‘The high-waisted coat, with a stand-up mandarin collar, was trimmed with white leather.’
    • ‘A stand-up collar needs help to prevent drooping.’
    • ‘Features a stand-up collar with locker loop inside back neck, dyed-to-match snap-front closures and slant waist pockets.’
    • ‘It's made from 100-percent quilted nylon and has a stand-up collar, so it's just the thing to keep you warm and dry.’
    • ‘I put on my black tank top and my black jacket with the buttons on the stand-up collar.’
    • ‘We also sell memorial plaques, stand-up crucifixes and silky white or purple quilts for pets to lie on.’
    • ‘Beeps, clicks and scratches run underneath - and alongside - strings, stand-up bass and a variety of percussion.’
    • ‘All that was missing from his version of ‘In the Still of the Night’ was a leisure suit and a stand-up microphone.’

noun

  • 1A comedian who performs by standing in front of an audience and telling jokes.

    • ‘In the summer a BBC executive suggested Cannon & Ball take to the Edinburgh Festival fringe, the annual bearpit where scores of stand-ups compete for audiences and reviews.’
    • ‘Sadowitz has always been one of my favourite stand-ups comedians ever since that night.’
    • ‘The reason we're here is that Scarborough-based firm Vocational Services UK is setting up a course for wannabe stand-ups on how to be a comedian.’
    • ‘Jeremy is one of the UK's leading stand-up comedians, regularly performing to sell-out audiences around the country and abroad.’
    • ‘It's so different from the comic stand-ups of today, very refreshing.’
    • ‘‘In a regular stand-up show the comic is trying to tell people that he is remarkable,’ he says.’
    • ‘Dave Barry (no relation to the humor columnist of the same name) was one of the great stand-up comedians and also a terrific cartoon voice actor.’
    • ‘So they went out and found her the best of the best, so that she could learn what acting was, because she was a stand-up.’
    • ‘To mark this year's inaugural Richard Pryor award for comedy, we asked a group of comics to put a question to the great stand-up.’
    • ‘Jarlath Reagan, a stand-up with a growing reputation will be the main support to Neil Delamere.’
    • ‘Eric Bogosian, Richard Belzer and Eddie Izzard are among the other stand-ups who contribute.’
    • ‘Maybe it is Scotland's smoking ban - otherwise cruelly ignored as a source of material by a generation of unnecessarily clean-living stand-ups - but this year's shows also seem to be riven with bitter despair.’
    • ‘Most of the current stand-ups have come out of university or college or whatever, which wasn't the case years ago.’
    • ‘The secret of his mainstream success may be that, unlike many stand-ups who call Glasgow home, there's nothing remotely abrasive or ‘committed’ about him.’
    • ‘‘Lynne and I decided to go on a search for new female stand-ups so we did a lot of research and spoke to female comedians like Jenny Éclair,’ says Tham.’
    • ‘Supporting new acts has always been a big part of The Stand philosophy, and several of the Scottish stand-ups who have made names for themselves are products of its workshop programme.’
    • ‘A comedian tells jokes, customers buy lots of drinks and, as the evening progresses, everyone finds the succession of stand-ups even funnier.’
    • ‘He's doing it to give hope to budding stand-ups.’
    • ‘Bailey was one of the stand-ups who starred in Masterson's smash-hit 2003 Edinburgh production of Twelve Angry Men.’
    • ‘And you really do hear some good one-liners from the stand-ups.’
    comic, funny man, funny woman, comedienne, comedy actor, comedy actress, humorist, gagster, stand-up
    1. 1.1mass noun Stand-up comedy.
      ‘he began doing stand-up when he was fifteen’
      • ‘His brilliant and potent comedy, song and stand-up have established him as one of Ireland's leading performers.’
      • ‘It was in high school that Foley discovered his interest in comedy when he began writing stand-up for a school project.’
      • ‘He began performing stand-up at open mics around New York City at the age of 15, and thanks to his ear for imitations, he quickly became a club favorite.’
      • ‘Sketch comedy, improvisation, stand-up and much more will be performed in this intimate venue on Friday, September 24.’
      • ‘Their show is a mix of burlesque, cabaret and improvised stand-up.’
      • ‘Howard Spencer-Mosley enjoys taking the mick with his alternative York guided tours and anarchic stand-up.’
      • ‘Republican civility is something conservative comics wrestle with, given it inhibits their use of the shock effects that modern stand-up relies on.’
      • ‘‘I was doing stand-up at night, and auditioning for commercials in the day,’ he said.’
      • ‘Both shows use a combination of multi-media and stand-up.’
      • ‘Comedy Stewart Lee Lee's extended riff on his Jerry Springer hounding and poor health is one of the most intelligent pieces of stand-up for years.’
      • ‘In the early '90s there was stand-up on every channel all the time.’
      • ‘But it wasn't just stand-up that he radicalised: many credit Pryor with blazing a trail for black people in American life.’
      • ‘Don't you fancy doing stand-up which is slightly more respectable?’
      • ‘It's a place where people appreciate good stand-up because they see so much of it.’
      • ‘There's a surreal one-liner about a suicidal subway train that's worthy of Woody Allen's best stand-up.’
      • ‘Yet he flips out of his dumb-assed character whenever he wants to deliver snippets of nicely observed, no-nonsense stand-up.’
      • ‘Well, I'm out doing some stand-up right now, actually, which is kind of my roots.’
      • ‘What do you get out of stand-up that you can't get anywhere else in your career?’
      • ‘So I tried stand-up, with the idea of joining the chosen few looking laconic and world-weary in the bars every night.’
      • ‘Then we watched some Dave Chappelle stand-up, and somewhere in there the paramedic called me.’
    2. 1.2A brief monologue by a television news reporter.
      ‘Coleman left the media pack doing stand-ups on the roof’
      • ‘Reporters and camera crews from around the world doing their stand-ups, their updates, their breaking news reports on a story on which there has been little breaking news, at least since the 11th shooting on Monday.’
      • ‘These days, off-air producers keep an eye on the Court for those two networks; legal affairs correspondents step in to do stand-ups on significant proceedings.’
      • ‘So it will be interesting to see if Oliver Stone dramatizes this event and has the reporter doing that mock stand-up so close, because we were not close.’
      • ‘When we are out, we try to get at least two interviews, find a personal angle, get B-roll and do a stand-up.’
      • ‘There was no Weather Channel, no Internet, no stand-ups by wind-whipped, rain-soaked TV reporters, and, of course, no evacuation plan.’
      • ‘Reporter Brian Andrews has been doing just some incredible live reports, tapes, stand-ups for us, showing us how the storm has come through the area.’
      • ‘So instead of fighting them, like Nixon did, they plied them with stand-ups, sound bites and managed news.’
      • ‘You used to do a little stand-up before going on to the news part of ‘Weekend Update.’’
      • ‘There were times Fox's producers could have replaced lead announcer Mike Joy with a cardboard stand-up.’
      monologue, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homily, stand-up, aside
  • 2A short meeting of a kind held regularly by people working on a project together, at which participants discuss their progress and typically stand rather than sit.

    ‘for us daily stand-ups were a huge help’
    • ‘A million fights, arguments, tears, hang ups, stand ups, let downs, "get over it"s, and "i don't like you"s could make me hate you.’
  • 3A fight or argument involving direct confrontation.

    ‘we have had stand-ups, pitch invasions, and red cards’
    argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out

Pronunciation

stand-up

/ˈstandʌp/