Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

honest - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective honest pronunciation in American English /ˈɑnəst/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a person who is honest does not tell lies or cheat people, and obeys the law
    Most young people are decent and honest.
    an honest man
    honest about: I haven’t been completely honest about my past experience.
    honest with: Thank you for being so honest with me.
    1. a.
      used about the things that someone says and does
      I want you to give me an honest answer.
      An honest appraisal of his ability can only help him.
      an honest mistake (=not intentional): I gave her the wrong amount of money, but it was an honest mistake.
  2. 2
    honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at
    When is the last time Charlie did any honest work?
    an honest living: I’m just trying to earn an honest living (=earn money by working hard).




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog