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

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 Adam Levine's getup wasn't immune to a bit of playful banter, either, and a hefty chunk of viewers took a passionate stance on his style. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 This isn’t the first time the stylish mom has elevated a more casual getup. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner’s Idea of a “Chill” Fashion Instagram Is Anything But," 17 Mar. 2019 Fans were quick to notice his getup, and had no shortage of thoughts regarding the eyewear decision. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why ‘The Voice’ Coach Adam Levine Has Caused a Divide Amongst Fans," 5 Nov. 2018 The twinning holiday getups are bound to be next level, of course. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Her Family Take Holiday Style to Diva-Worthy New Heights," 23 Nov. 2018 Off-screen, Keaton has maintained her own distinctive look as well, often favoring classic white and black getups that are worn with her signature bolo hats. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diane Keaton Proves She’s Still the Boss With One Kitschy Hat," 27 Dec. 2018 Her annual Halloween bash has been happening for 17 years and counting now, and each year Klum attempts to create a getup even more over-the-top and jaw-dropping than the last. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "All of Heidi Klum's Halloween Costumes Over the Years," 26 Sep. 2018 Over the past few weeks, the social media star shared photos wearing the same getup. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Internet Turned Kim Kardashian's Latest Underwear Instagram Into a Meme," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the diner sitting opposite me gets up to go to the bathroom, a waiter gently taps him on the shoulder and asks him to wait until the next course is served, then flashes another one of those alarmingly warm smiles. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Short of spending an hour every week in the company of our own editor-in-chief Ken Fisher, there's no better way to get up to speed on the tumultuous times that this industry is facing. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 And, as the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito demonstrated, a justice who arrives at the Supreme Court mid-term can get up to speed quickly, and can cast key votes in cases that have already been argued, the experts have said. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Supreme Court set to begin new term with empty seat amid Kavanaugh uncertainty," 24 Sep. 2018 Time to get up off the couch and master a genoise sponge., "A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors," 6 July 2018 Ahead is everything Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande got up to — both online and IRL — this past week. Kathryn Lindsay,, "This Week In Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson Gossip," 22 June 2018 This short film documents the volunteers who get up before dawn every day to make lunch meat sandwiches and batches of warm soup, stew or chili to be served out of three trucks to some of Detroit’s poorest residents. Steven Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press wins Emmys for 12th and Clairmount, 4 other documentaries," 17 June 2018 But more interesting than the funicular, in my opinion, is what runs up the mountain right alongside it: a two-mile staircase with a slope that gets up to a glute-grinding 65-percent gradient. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Staircase Is in Switzerland," 4 June 2018 Appetizers had just been ordered at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City, North Carolina, when patriarch Roger Self got up from the table without saying a word, according to the family's pastor. NBC News, "North Carolina man rams car into restaurant, killing 2 family members, police say," 21 May 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

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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a strong desire or propensity

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