[on-ist] /ˈɒn ɪst/
honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair:
an honest person.
showing uprightness and fairness:
gained or obtained fairly:
an honest face.
genuine or unadulterated:
respectable; having a good reputation:
an honest name.
truthful or creditable:
humble, plain, or unadorned.
Archaic. chaste; virtuous.
not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc; trustworthy
not false or misleading; genuine
just or fair: honest wages
characterized by sincerity and candour: an honest appraisal
without pretensions or artificial traits: honest farmers
(archaic) (of a woman) respectable
honest broker, a mediator in disputes, esp international ones
(interjection) (school slang) honest Injun, genuinely, really
honest to God, honest to goodness
make an honest woman of, to marry (a woman, esp one who is pregnant) to prevent scandal
c.1300, “respectable, decent, of neat appearance,” also “free from fraud,” from Old French honeste (12c.; Modern French honnête), from Latin honestus “honorable, respected, regarded with honor,” figuratively “deserving honor, honorable, respectable,” from honos (see honor (n.)). Main modern sense of “dealing fairly, truthful” is c.1400, as is sense of “virtuous.” Phrase to make an honest woman of “marry a woman after seduction” is from 1620s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with honest
honest to God
[in-juh n] /ˈɪn dʒən/ adverb, Older Use: Often Offensive. 1. honestly (used to emphasize the truth of a statement).
noun 1. a neutral person or organization that mediates disputes; an impartial mediator.
noun 1. Informal. 2. a surface-to-surface, single-stage U.S. artillery rocket.
[on-ist-lee] /ˈɒn ɪst li/ adverb 1. in an honest manner. 2. with honesty. interjection 3. (used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.): Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting. /ˈɒnɪstlɪ/ adverb 1. in an honest manner 2. (intensifier): I honestly don’t believe it interjection 3. an expression of disgust, surprise, […]