not honest; intending to trick people Beware of dishonest traders in the tourist areas. I don't like him, and it would be dishonest of me to pretend otherwise. opposite honest See related entries: Dishonest, Immoral Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘dishonourable, unchaste’): from Old French deshoneste, Latin dehonestus.Extra examples I think he’s downright dishonest! What they are doing is not considered dishonest. I don’t like him, and it would be dishonest of me to pretend otherwise.