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verb up·start \ˌəp-ˈstärt\

Definition of UPSTART

intransitive verb
:  to jump up (as to one's feet) suddenly

First Known Use of UPSTART

14th century


noun up·start \ˈəp-ˌstärt\

: a person who has recently begun an activity, become successful, etc., and who does not show proper respect for older and more experienced people

: a newly successful person, business, etc.

Full Definition of UPSTART

:  one that has risen suddenly (as from a low position to wealth or power) :  parvenu; especially :  one that claims more personal importance than is warranted
:  a start-up enterprise
up·start \ˈəp-ˈ\ adjective

Examples of UPSTART

  1. a young upstart from Harvard who thinks he knows more than the boss
  2. <having made their money in oil decades ago, they consider these billionaire dot-commers mere upstarts>

First Known Use of UPSTART


Other Business Terms

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UPSTART Defined for Kids


noun up·start \ˈəp-ˌstärt\

Definition of UPSTART for Kids

:  a person who gains quick or unexpected success and shows off that success


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