From Middle English upright, uppryght, upriht, from Old English upriht, uppriht (“upright; erect”), from Proto-Germanic *upprehtaz, equivalent to up- + right. Cognate with Saterland Frisian apgjucht (“upright”), West Frisian oprjocht (“upright”), Dutch oprecht (“upright”), German Low German uprecht (“upright”), German aufrecht (“upright”), Swedish upprätt (“upright”), Icelandic upprétt (“upright”).
- Vertical; erect.
- I was standing upright, waiting for my orders.
- 1608, William Shakespeare, The merry Deuill of Edmonton, introduction,
- 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”,
- Supported by pillows, ſhe ſat almoſt upright.
2006, Neil A. Campbell, Biology: concepts & connections, page 404:
- Upright posture evolved well before an enlarged brain in hominids.
- Greater in height than breadth.
- (figuratively) Of good morals; practicing ethical values.
- (of a golf club) Having the head approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
- (vertical, erect): surrect (obsolete, rare)
- in or into an upright position
upright (plural uprights)
- Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports.
2011 January 5, Mark Ashenden, “Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea”, in BBC:
- Chelsea improved, with Salomon Kalou denied by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Didier Drogba hitting the upright.
- A word clued by the successive initial, middle, or final letters of the cross-lights in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
- (informal) An upright piano.
- Short for upright vacuum cleaner.
- (transitive) To set upright or stand back up (something that has fallen).