Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: honeste, from Latin honestus, from honor; HONOR


hon‧est S1 W3


someone who is honest always tells the truth and does not cheat or steal [≠ dishonest]:
He was a hard-working, honest man.
Ann had an honest face.

statement/answer etc

not hiding the truth or the facts about something [= frank]:
Do you want my honest opinion?
an honest answer
Let's be honest: the only reason she married him was for his money.
honest with
At least he was honest with you.
honest about
She was always very honest about her feelings.

to be honest (with you)

spoken used when you tell someone what you really think:
To be honest, I don't like him very much.


spoken used to try to make someone believe you:
I didn't mean to hurt him, honest!

honest to God

spoken used to emphasize that something you say is true:
Honest to God, I wasn't there.


honest work is done using your own efforts and without cheating:
I bet he's never done an honest day's work in his life!
I'm just trying to earn an honest living.

ordinary good people

honest people are not famous or special, but behave in a good, socially acceptable way:
She came from a good, honest, working-class background.

make an honest woman (out) of somebody

old-fashioned to marry a woman because you have had a sexual relationship with her

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