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

In 1988, the all-stars lost their first game and didn’t get up for the consolation game that followed. Pat Stoetzer,, "Baseball: Westminster Little League stars carry fond memories 30 years after their regional run," 18 Aug. 2019 McClellan got up, threw Morrison down and let fly a flurry of punches. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts, Browns coaches put teams on notice: There will be no fighting during joint sessions," 13 Aug. 2019 But the days of getting up at 4 or 5 a.m. to work out are long gone for me. Julie Mazziotta,, "Naomi Watts, 50, Finds it ‘Harder’ to Maintain Muscle Tone as She Gets Older," 8 Aug. 2019 At a Monday event in Charleston, a young man with an Afro under a ball cap got up to ask him a question. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Tries to Meet the Moral Moment," 8 Aug. 2019 The Bundesliga will get up and running earlier than the Serie A, with the opening fixture pitting Hertha against champions Bayern Munich on Friday 16 August., "When Each of the Top Leagues Kick Off & Where You Can Watch the Action," 7 Aug. 2019 Every once in a while one of us got up and pulled aside a curtain a fraction and peered out to check on things. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Manson Girl Who Got Away," 29 July 2019 The 76ers will get up-close looks this week at solid options for them in the NBA draft. Keith Pompey,, "Carsen Edwards, Dylan Windler to headline predraft workouts for Sixers," 4 June 2019 Photos: Caitlin Ochs for The Wall Street Journal Genevieve Aronson, 38, gets up at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning," 8 Jan. 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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