1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming.
Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching! --Shak.
2. Characterized by integrity or fairness and straightforwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession.
An honest man's the noblest work of God. --Pope.
An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health. --Sir W. Temple.
Look ye out among you seven men of honest report. --Acts vi. 3.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men. --Rom. xii. 17.
3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.
4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous.
Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. --Shak.
Syn: -- Upright; ingenuous; honorable; trusty; faithful; equitable; fair; just; rightful; sincere; frank; candid; genuine.
Hon·est, v. t. To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable. [Obs.]
adj 1: not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or
fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"; "an
honest wage"; "honest weight" [syn: honorable] [ant:
2: without dissimulation; frank; "my honest opinion"
3: worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an
honest working stiff"; "a reliable source of information";
"he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are
those who trust me" [syn: dependable, reliable, true(p)]
4: free from guile; "his answer was simple and honest" [syn: guileless]
5: without pretensions; "worked at an honest trade"; "good
6: habitually speaking the truth; "an honest man"; "a veracious
witness" [syn: veracious]
7: marked by truth; "gave honest answers"