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

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 Otherwise, the show so far (I’ve seen four episodes) is a highly self-conscious study of ennui, overfull with fancy camera tricks and thousand-dollar designer getups. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Euphoria” and the Flawed Art of Gen Z Prophesying," 16 June 2019 Lil Nas X, clad in a neon-yellow getup, led an absolutely rambunctious crowd in the sing-along while Cyrus delivered his verse at a mic stand, giving in to a few cowboy boot kicks as dancers strutted around him. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Ride 'Old Town Road' to the 2019 BET Awards: Watch," 23 June 2019 But that all comes to a head when the ball star walks in the French Revolution category in a truly stunning Marie Antoinette getup, complete with cakes, a carousel hoop-skirt and a guillotine. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Revolutions, Runways & Revenge: 5 Key Moments from the Season 2 Premiere of 'Pose'," 12 June 2019 The most obviously tacky part of Timberlake's performance was his suit, a woodsy camo-like print getup -- unappealing, but forgivable. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Justin Timberlake Plays the Hits, Largely Avoids Controversy With Sigh-of-Relief Super Bowl LII Halftime Performance," 4 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pre-season means nothing to most and is simply the time to get up to speed but one week away from the campaign getting underway, teams will be eager to have momentum on their side and therefore a result in this fixture could prove vital for both., "Chelsea vs Borussia Monchengladbach Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 2 Aug. 2019 Because a chance to get up close and personal with the animals is awesome? Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can train tigers, feed birds and climb to the top of a giant aquarium at the zoo's new tours," 31 July 2019 The event will allow fans to get up close and personal with the stars with autograph signings, a trivia challenge and more. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "'Days of Our Lives' stars to host free meet and greet at Memorial City Mall Aug. 10," 30 July 2019 The horses give you the strength to get up every day. Jeff Nahill, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trainer plans on beating cancer again," 30 July 2019 Jayden Espinosa awoke just before 4 a.m. to smoke and flames in the 2 1/2-story brick home in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and alerted those sleeping on the second floor to get up. Fox News, "Chicago boy, 5, credited with saving 13 people from house fire," 28 July 2019 When Arndt was having trouble with spreadsheets (the bane of many a young analyst's early career), Lauren worked with him one-on-one to help him get up to speed. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Other Passenger: Who Was Lauren Bessette?," 9 July 2019 The signings were accompanied by a level of fanfare that suggests a new dawn in Baltimore, but the club still has much work to do to get up to speed in the market. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' 27-player July 2 international signing class represents 'big day' for franchise," 2 July 2019 The possibilities keep me up at night but also give me a reason to get up in the morning. Teen Vogue, "Meet Kitty and Vibe, The Inclusive Swimwear Brand Creating New Sizing Metric For All Booties," 18 June 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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