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

costume, drag, dress, garb, guise, outfit, togs

Synonyms: Verb

arise, rise, roll out, turn out, uprise

Antonyms: Verb

bed (down), retire, turn in

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Examples of getup in a Sentence


He came onstage in a cowboy getup. a guy in a crazy getup


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

On the other hand, dress for yourself, don’t give a fig about the disapproving sideways glances of fellow revelers, and if anyone in the crowd doesn’t approve of your getup, too bad. Leah Garchik,, "The indisputable, sometimes contradictory, rules of gala gowns," 28 Aug. 2019 In addition to the Egg and Skull getups that EW got a first look at in July, there’s also an Elizabethan-looking Leopard and flashy Flamingo — all ready to shield the identities of the newest slate of celebrity contestants. Marcus Jones,, "The Masked Singer just got a lot more colorful and crazy — see an exclusive new character poster," 1 Aug. 2019 Her sister, professional golfer Anisha Padukone, also dressed in an all-white getup by Ralph Lauren. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Aces Wimbledon in This Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit," 16 July 2019 Models sported chic getups in tan, black and red, with a few looks featuring head to toe patterns–a new lane for the Haitian-Italian creative. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 At Brooklyn’s historic Navy Yard, Fashion Funders past and present—alongside A-listers like Emily Blunt and Anderson Paak—gathered in high-watt sequins and show stopping cocktail getups. Vogue, "2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards: Live From the Red Carpet," 6 Nov. 2018 For each figure, Smith has contrived a set, a getup, a stance, a glance. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019 The dress is modern, but in a fanciful way with amusingly gaudy getups for the courtiers and lots of vests and buccaneer boots among Susan Szegda’s costumes. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 From dresses to nipple pasties, festivalgoers did not hold back from going all out with their colorful getups. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Fashion Moments From NYC Pride 2019," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Morning passengers were curious and excited about the $96.3 million bus system under construction since last June, getting up early to see it in action for the first time. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Packed buses but also some scrapes and smoke for Red Line's first day," 1 Sep. 2019 On video taken by a bystander and shown in court during the trial, Davis is seen getting up and walking around the council chambers as at least one security guard tries to grab his camera. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Activist who smeared his own blood on wall of Portland City Hall gets 2 years of probation," 23 Aug. 2019 The man had gall, to get up there on screen and act like that. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 2019 Those experts included a neurobiologist, a museum curator, photographers, and graphic designers, as well as photo retouchers who get up close and personal with people's skin every day. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Flesh Beauty Launches Its First Liquid Foundation — See Details," 5 Aug. 2019 Steps away will be Big Boy’s Neighborhood, which includes the West Coast Custom Car Show, where visitors can get up and close and personal with some of the hottest rides in Southern California — many featuring artistic palettes inspired by hip-hop. Eric Althoff, Daily Pilot, "Real Street hip-hop festival to bring Cardi B, Future, A$AP Rocky, Migos to Anaheim," 29 July 2019 Minutes later, when another resident insists on speaking about the bond, Mayor Patty Bordman abruptly gavels the meeting over, gets up and walks out. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Video reveals fiery exchange at Birmingham city commission meeting," 18 July 2019 The camera cut away when the two actresses got up in one another’s face on TV, but in rehearsal, their feud ended in a hug. Dave Quinn,, "What you didn't see on TV during the Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 In 1988, the all-stars lost their first game and didn’t get up for the consolation game that followed. Pat Stoetzer,, "Baseball: Westminster Little League stars carry fond memories 30 years after their regional run," 18 Aug. 2019

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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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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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