flare-up

noun \ ˈfler-ˌəp \

Definition of flare-up

1 :a sudden outburst or intensification
  • a flare-up of hostilities
2 :a sudden bursting (as of a smoldering fire) into flame or light
  • a danger of flare-ups
3 :a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition
  • an asthmatic flare-up

First Known Use of flare-up

1839


FLARE-UP Defined for English Language Learners

flare-up

noun

Definition of flare-up for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden occurrence of flame

  • : a sudden occurrence or expression of anger

  • : an occurrence in which something (such as violence or a disease) suddenly begins or becomes worse


Medical Dictionary

flare-up

noun \ -ˌəp \

medical Definition of flare-up

:a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition
  • an asthmatic flare-up


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