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
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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of getup in a Sentence

Noun He came onstage in a cowboy getup. a guy in a crazy getup Verb 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 Here Ocasek, in his usual Roy Orbison-as-beanpole getup, became a visual motif and a special effect, popping up in a woman’s life in the form of a King Kong, a coat hanger, a periscope in sunglasses, a housefly landing on her nose. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Ric Ocasek’s Eternal Cool," 16 Sep. 2019 Clad in a bridal getup and flanked by 11 dancers, also dressed in white, Lizzo delivered a spellbinding rendition of her smash hit, which reached number three on Billboard's Hot 100. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Don’t Call Lizzo ‘Brave’ for Being Confident," 28 Aug. 2019 While the usual work-casual rules don’t apply to celebrities, their weekend looks are definitely different than a press-run getup. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kerry Washington, Cardi B, And More Celebs' In Their Best Weekend Get-Ups," 26 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, dress for yourself, don’t give a fig about the disapproving sideways glances of fellow revelers, and if anyone in the crowd doesn’t approve of your getup, too bad. Leah Garchik,, "The indisputable, sometimes contradictory, rules of gala gowns," 28 Aug. 2019 In addition to the Egg and Skull getups that EW got a first look at in July, there’s also an Elizabethan-looking Leopard and flashy Flamingo — all ready to shield the identities of the newest slate of celebrity contestants. Marcus Jones,, "The Masked Singer just got a lot more colorful and crazy — see an exclusive new character poster," 1 Aug. 2019 Her sister, professional golfer Anisha Padukone, also dressed in an all-white getup by Ralph Lauren. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Aces Wimbledon in This Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit," 16 July 2019 Models sported chic getups in tan, black and red, with a few looks featuring head to toe patterns–a new lane for the Haitian-Italian creative. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Later, Clemson and Oklahoma got up early and rolled the Orange and the Bruins, respectively. Los Angeles Times, "NCAA’s argument against Fair Pay for Play has no merit and Week 3 mismatches prove it," 14 Sep. 2019 The new platform will offer an improved tutorial to help volunteers get up to speed quickly, and volunteers will be able to share discoveries and comments with the rest of the Global Xplorer community. National Geographic, "Solving India’s ancient mysteries—with the help of citizen scientists," 10 July 2019 Like many other city-dwelling, twentysomething Alaskans, Shawna gets up in the morning and goes to work. Anchorage Daily News, "Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’," 28 June 2019 Why bother to get up when there’s no pesto pasta left in the bowl? Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "Pesto So Good, I Can’t Stop Eating After Dinner Is Over," 6 Aug. 2019 But ter Stegen leapt to get a strong hand on the ball, while the former Gladbach star even got up to collect the rebound before any other player., "Twitter Reacts as Quality Marc-André ter Stegen Performance Reignites Germany National Team Debate," 17 Sep. 2019 Indianapolis needed him Sunday; temperatures at Nissan Stadium got up to 95 degrees, turning the field into a low-intensity smoker. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Back early from surgery, Colts RB Jordan Wilkins breaks open win over Titans in home state," 16 Sep. 2019 Those who fell and never got up again are on that floor. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 The Eagle — Culver Creek’s martinet, played by Timothy Simons — then exclaims, foreshadowing the shenanigans the group will get up to along the series. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's "Looking for Alaska" Releases First Full Trailer Starring Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer," 12 Sep. 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of getup was in the 14th century

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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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