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

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 Pastrana, dressed in a full Evel Knievel getup, left no doubt in nailing a 52-car jump – complete with red, white and blue pyrotechnics. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Travis Pastrana nails 3 iconic Evel Knievel stunts in tribute show in Las Vegas," 8 July 2018 In the beginning, Lopez greets the camera in mostly sleek optic-white getups, including a Chrome Hearts leather bikini top paired with blue-tint aviator shades. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "19 Years Later, Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love” Music Video Is Still a Fashion Classic," 13 June 2018 Also known for their wacky red carpet and performance getups, all three of the Midland dudes are hardly ever seen without a cowboy hat. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Midland Share Style Tips & Reveal the Cocktail That Has No 'Drinkin' Problem': Watch," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The story is, is anybody gonna get up there and join them? Jason Hoffman,, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk about life after racing, Kentucky Speedway and the Chevy Camaro," 13 July 2018 There is no cure, but physical therapy and medication are used to combat symptoms that include trouble walking and running, frequent falling and difficulty getting up, and learning disabilities, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true," 7 July 2018 All around her, people were still shaking, crying and getting up from the ground. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 2018 Padilla got up with a piece of his scalp dangling from the right side of his head. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video," 10 July 2018 His four-guard offense will hinge on the ability to get up and down quickly. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball takeaways: Chris Mack gives updates on new Cards," 10 July 2018 At least for about an hour these kids got up, ran around a little bit, used their energy instead of just staying home and playing video games (though) there’s nothing wrong with that in certain doses. Staff Report,, "Shout Out: Alexander Pelarenos, Harwood Heights Youth Commission standout headed to the Air Force," 27 June 2018 On both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border, fans got up early to cheer the Mexican team. Sandra Dibble,, "¡Viva Korea! Losing to Sweden, Mexican soccer fans cheer Korean team," 27 June 2018 But Koepka got up and down from there to escape with just a bogey. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Titles," 17 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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