get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp How to pronounce getup (audio) \

Definition of getup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : general composition or structure

get up

got up; got up or gotten up; getting up; gets up

Definition of get up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to arise from bed
b : to rise to one's feet
c : climb, ascend
2 : to go ahead or faster used in the imperative as a command especially to driven animals

transitive verb

1 : to make preparations for : organize got up a party for the newcomers
2 : to arrange as to external appearance : dress
3 : to acquire a knowledge of
4 : to create in oneself cannot get up the courage to tell them

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Synonyms & Antonyms for getup

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of getup in a Sentence

Noun He came onstage in a cowboy getup. a guy in a crazy getup Verb you need to get right up when the alarm goes off in the morning all got up in her Sunday best
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At one point, Gloria Steinem spotted Saint Phalle walking down Fifty-seventh Street, purseless and in a cowboy getup. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Pioneering Feminism of Niki de Saint Phalle," 29 Mar. 2021 The brooch itself was part of a Schiaparelli couture getup comprising a simple black jacket with a scarlet volume skirt. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "The mysterious case of the Lady Gaga inauguration bird and ‘The Hunger Games’," 20 Jan. 2021 Two women at reception asked if the getup was related to a Slanket or a Snuggie. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Dressing for Dinner When Dinner Is in a Frigid Curbside Yurt," 18 Jan. 2021 One young man, barely out of boyhood, clambers up the inaugural scaffolding wearing a full GI Joe getup of fatigues and vintage-style M1 helmet. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal," 17 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, model Bella Hadid—a close Kardashian-Jenner friend—was also spotted in Aspen flexing a sleek getup. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Slope Style Is the New Street Style," 4 Jan. 2021 One West Village vendor dresses her American boyfriend in a faux-Quebecois lumberjack getup; in another part of the Village, a French-Canadian vendor with perfect English purposely thickens his accent to add to his paysan image. Kevin Cabrera, Fortune, "Even COVID can’t stop New York City’s sidewalk Christmas tree vendors," 24 Dec. 2020 Mayfield jokes at the sight of Din in the Imp getup. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: ‘The Believer’," 12 Dec. 2020 As Stause tried the dress on — which was Galia Lahav's Jill dress — the bride-to-be captured Stause modeling the getup for Instagram Stories. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Heather Rae Young Invites Chrishell Stause to Her Rehersal Dress Fitting," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Greatest Honour, who came into the race on a three-race winning streak, was sent away as the 4-5 public choice but could manage only to get up for a non-threatening third after a difficult trip. Tom Jicha,, "Greatest Honour denied in Florida Derby by Known Agenda," 27 Mar. 2021 Meteorologists said the downpour is set to continue for the rest of Sunday, with some areas expected to get up to 8 inches of rain. NBC News, "Heavy rains pummel Australia's east bringing worst floods in 50 years," 21 Mar. 2021 My morning routine is to try to get up a few minutes before my whole family, make a matcha, and sit with the dogs on their dog bed. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "How 7 Celebrities Are Sharing Self-Care Rituals With Family," 21 Mar. 2021 Should be able to eventually get up to 260 pounds or more. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football and the recruiting battle for 4-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson," 14 Mar. 2021 Demand is through the roof, and supply can’t seem to get up the stairs. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The Real Reasons You Can’t Buy Ammo," 12 Mar. 2021 Australian scientists recommend taking a little standing break once every hour, so prepare yourself to get up off the couch a couple of times during the film’s run time. James Grebey, Vulture, "Zack Snyder’s Justice League," 12 Mar. 2021 The nook's close proximity to the tub allows Napier to easily grab her soaps and reads without having to get up. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "HGTV's Erin Napier Shows off the "Book + Soap Niche" That's Built Into Her Bathroom Wall," 9 Mar. 2021 Indeed the Fed has consistently come in under its 2 percent inflation target for 12 years now and is still (unsuccessfully) trying to get up there from below. Robert Hockett, The New Republic, "Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of getup


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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11 Apr 2021

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“Getup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of getup

informal : an unusual outfit or costume


get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp How to pronounce getup (audio) \

Kids Definition of getup

: outfit entry 1 sense 1, costume We dressed in cowboy getups.

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