on the up-and-up

O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uhp]
    • /ʌp/
    • /ɒn ðə ʌp ənd ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uhp]
    • /ʌp/

Definitions of on the up-and-up words

  • adverb on the up-and-up to, toward, or in a more elevated position: to climb up to the top of a ladder. 1
  • adverb on the up-and-up to or in an erect position: to stand up. 1
  • adverb on the up-and-up out of bed: to get up. 1
  • adverb on the up-and-up above the horizon: The moon came up. 1
  • adverb on the up-and-up to or at any point that is considered higher. 1
  • adverb on the up-and-up to or at a source, origin, center, or the like: to follow a stream up to its source. 1

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Origin of on the up-and-up

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English up(pe) (adv.), Old English up(p) to a higher position, uppe in a higher position; cognate with Old Frisian up, Old Saxon up, Middle Dutch up, op, Old Norse upp; akin to Old High German ūf (> German auf), Gothic iup

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Parts of speech for On the up-and-up


on the up-and-up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for on the up-and-up

adj on the up-and-up

  • for real — true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
  • honest to god — real or genuine.
  • honest-to-god — real or genuine.
  • honest-to-goodness — real or genuine.
  • honorable — in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men.

adjective on the up-and-up

  • authenticated — Prove or show (something, esp. a claim or an artistic work) to be true or genuine.
  • honourable — (British spelling) Alternative form of honorable.

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