Meaning of “honest” in the English Dictionary

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"honest" in British English

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uk /ˈɒn.ɪst/ us /ˈɑː.nɪst/

B1 telling the truth or able to be trusted and not likely to steal, cheat, or lie:

She's completely honest.
I'd like you to give me an honest answer/your honest opinion.
He had an honest face (= he looked like he could be trusted).
To be honest (with you), I don't think it will be possible.

More examples

  • Be honest now - do you think this dress is too young for me ?
  • I wasn't entirely honest with him, I admit, but I didn't actually tell him any lies.
  • To be brutally honest, you look fat in that dress.
  • She has an honest, open face.
  • I didn't know she would be there - that's the honest truth.

(Definition of “honest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"honest" in American English

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us /ˈɑn·əst/

(of a person) truthful or able to be trusted; not likely to steal, cheat, or lie, or (of actions, speech, or appearance) showing these qualities:

an honest man
an honest answer
To be honest (= To tell the truth), I didn’t like the movie.

(Definition of “honest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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