get·​up | \ˈget-ˌəp \

Definition of getup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : general composition or structure

get 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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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

Perhaps that sparkly red getup will make it in there? Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, ""Dynasty" Star Elizabeth Gillies Strutting in a Red Dress Becomes Viral Meme," 5 Oct. 2018 Miss America is also booting the evening gown segment of the competition, and from now on will allow contestants to wear any getup that makes them feel confident. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition," 5 June 2018 Simply pair them with a mask and your getup will be ready to go. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Folks Are Going Clucking Crazy Over These Chicken Leg Socks," 10 Aug. 2018 While many of the looks from the young designers dominating New York may seem difficult to wear even on the runway, Zsela sports the outré getups with graceful confidence. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Singer-Songwriter Is the Downtown New York Fashion Scene’s Newest Muse," 19 Apr. 2018 But that was then, and this is now—overly patriotic getups feel somewhat out of place in 2018. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Independent Woman’s Guide to Independence Day Dressing," 28 June 2018 Also, Run-DMC were fashion gods and would’ve never been caught dead in the goofy getup Patton was wearing. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "GOP Senate Candidate Who Dressed as a Blackface 'Rapper' Issues Half-Ass Apology and Points Out His Black Friends," 18 June 2018 Meghan changed her getup, this time sporting a custom cropped black Givenchy double-breasted blazer with ankle length pants and black Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps along with a Givenchy black buckle belt and frame bag. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 2018 One way to put a cheeky spin on the outfit is to match your bucket hat to your bikini, as in a full leopard-print getup courtesy of Ganni. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two had gotten up to hiking trails on top of the cliff after the teen fell. Bill Leukhardt,, "Teen Hurt In Cliff Fall At Ragged Mountain In Berlin," 22 June 2018 The stylish and powerful Stinger is very easy and fun to drive, easy to maneuver in tight spots, secure and stable in turns, gets up to speed effortlessly with only a slight delay from a standstill. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Lewis Bay still got up for third as the top finishers drew apart from one another in the final furlong, finishing three lengths behind Ivy Bell. Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "American Gal scores stakes win in Humana Distaff before Kentucky Derby 2018," 5 May 2018 Saarinen, who was just getting up, began talking in his slow, deliberate voice at Roche, who had been up all night with his cousin and slowly drifted off into sleep. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 After announcing that, unsurprisingly, the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award went to Saturday Night Live, the show's producer Lorne Michaels got up from his seat to hug members of the cast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Super Awkward Moments From the 2018 Emmys You Definitely Missed," 18 Sep. 2018 Make a friendly family wager and see who can get up the wall the fastest. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 If all goes according to plan, these bantam pioneers will get up-close looks at Proxima b, the possibly habitable planet that circles the sun's nearest star, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. Mike Wall,, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 Patrons were enjoying their meals when one of them, an older gentleman, suddenly got up from his seat and began to gesture towards his throat. Southern Living, "Fast Food Heroes: Texas Chick-fil-A Employee and Customer Team Up to Save Choking Man," 28 June 2018

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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

: an unusual outfit or costume


get·​up | \ˈget-ˌəp \

Kids Definition of getup

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

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