- Honest Hon"est, a. [OE. honest, onest, OF. honeste, oneste, F.
honn[^e]te, L. honestus, fr. honos, honor, honor. See
1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. --Chaucer.
Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching! --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
An honest man's the noblest work of God. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]
Look ye out among you seven men of honest report. --Acts vi. 3. [1913 Webster]
Provide things honest in the sight of all men. --Rom. xii. 17. [1913 Webster]
3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance. [1913 Webster]
4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous. [1913 Webster]
Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. --Shak.
Syn: Upright; ingenuous; honorable; trusty; faithful; equitable; fair; just; rightful; sincere; frank; candid; genuine. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.