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

honest

adjective
     
hon‧est S1 W3
1

character

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.
2

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.
3

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.
4

honest!

spoken used to try to make someone believe you:
I didn't mean to hurt him, honest!
5

honest to God

spoken used to emphasize that something you say is true:
Honest to God, I wasn't there.
6

work

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.
7

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.
8

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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