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
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 Klum and Kaulitz showed off their getup at the supermodel's Annual Hallowe'en Party at Cathédrale in New York City. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Heidi Klum's Year-in-the-Making Halloween Costume Was Inspired by Her Husband's Band," 1 Nov. 2019 Wearing a neoprene wetsuit or a drysuit can double that, but even those getups have issues. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Next-Gen Outdoor Innovations We're Watching," 1 Nov. 2019 Her annual Halloween bash has been happening for almost two decades now, and each year Klum attempts to create a getup even more over-the-top and jaw-dropping than the last. Glamour, "All of Heidi Klum's Halloween Costumes Over the Years," 28 Oct. 2019 The Fall Fashion Gala has continued with such collaborations, giving us tulle-and-feather confections from Valentino (in 2012) as well as edgy and avian-like black-and-white getups from designer Giles Deacon (in 2018). Vogue, "In a Dream of Tulle and Lamé, New York City Ballet Debuts Costumes by Zac Posen and Anna Sui," 27 Sep. 2019 Here Ocasek, in his usual Roy Orbison-as-beanpole getup, became a visual motif and a special effect, popping up in a woman’s life in the form of a King Kong, a coat hanger, a periscope in sunglasses, a housefly landing on her nose. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Ric Ocasek’s Eternal Cool," 16 Sep. 2019 Clad in a bridal getup and flanked by 11 dancers, also dressed in white, Lizzo delivered a spellbinding rendition of her smash hit, which reached number three on Billboard's Hot 100. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Don’t Call Lizzo ‘Brave’ for Being Confident," 28 Aug. 2019 While the usual work-casual rules don’t apply to celebrities, their weekend looks are definitely different than a press-run getup. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kerry Washington, Cardi B, And More Celebs' In Their Best Weekend Get-Ups," 26 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Midway through the song, Twigs got up and walked down a catwalk-like extension down past the piano’s edge. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 Hawryluk got up slowly and retreated to the dressing room. Pat Graham,, "Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers rally from two-goal deficit in third period; beat Avalanche in overtime," 31 Oct. 2019 Unfortunately, Garcia was hit hard in the game and stayed down before getting up and not returning. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Weekly Football Preview: Burroughs vs. Arcadia; Burbank on bye week," 22 Oct. 2019 Typically, the entire family would get up before the sun, gather our gear, be it for a road race, track meet, swim meet, bike ride, or beach expedition, and make a quick breakfast to take on the road. Danika Worthington, The Know, "5 dirtbag camping recipes inspired by Colorado," 9 Oct. 2019 For more great storytelling and in-depth analysis, subscribe to the magazine and get up to 94% off the cover price. Brian Burnsed,, "Two Playoff Teams, Two New Stadiums and One Great Divide," 3 Oct. 2019 Then get up and go park yourself in front of the desk of the guy who won’t answer your emails. Allison Hope, Quartz at Work, "This US spy manual intended to sabotage Nazis has great tips for coping with your toxic boss," 2 Oct. 2019 One parent got up and left the Santa Ana courtroom as Huntington Beach police Det. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Lawyers make opening statements in woman’s murder trial in H.B. crash that killed 3 Las Vegas teens," 25 Sep. 2019 Later, Clemson and Oklahoma got up early and rolled the Orange and the Bruins, respectively. Los Angeles Times, "NCAA’s argument against Fair Pay for Play has no merit and Week 3 mismatches prove it," 14 Sep. 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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21 Nov 2019

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“Getup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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