turn·​up | \ ˈtər-ˈnəp How to pronounce turnup (audio) \

Definition of turnup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : turned up a turnup nose
2 : made or fitted to be turned up a turnup collar


turn·​up | \ ˈtər-ˌnəp How to pronounce turnup (audio) \

Definition of turnup (Entry 2 of 3)

: something that is turned up

turn up

turned up; turning up; turns up

Definition of turn up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : find, discover
2 : to raise or increase by or as if by turning a control turn up the volume on the radio
3 British
a : to look up (a word, a fact, etc.) in a book
b : to refer to or consult (a book)
4 : to turn (a card) face upward

intransitive verb

1 : to appear or come to light unexpectedly or after being lost new evidence has turned up
2a(1) : to turn out to be he turned up missing at roll call
(2) : appear sense 4 her name is always turning up in the newspapers
b : to arrive or show up at an appointed or expected time or place turned up half an hour late
3 : to happen or occur unexpectedly something always turned up to prevent their meeting
4 of a ship : tack sense 1b
turn up one's nose
: to show scorn or disdain

Examples of turnup in a Sentence

Verb my missing car keys turned up just in time when do you think our guests will turn up?
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is a 30-year-old woman who can barely drive herself anywhere, pick out her clothes or turn up the heat without spurring a constitutional crisis. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Still, firearms bought (or stolen) from other licensed dealerships in the suburbs and surrounding states frequently turn up in Chicago shootings. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 3 Nov. 2021 And Yates feels that Gaga had an early idea that the look would turn up the heat on the ski slopes. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 1 Oct. 2021 But when Tsai — whose Democratic Progressive Party is more critical of Beijing than its rival, the Kuomintang — took office in 2016, Beijing began to turn up the heat. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 By now, every celebrity in Hollywood has a Birkin at their disposal, but no one else is going to turn up in a custom Haut à courroies featuring a painting from contemporary art legend George Condo. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2021 And the House oversight committee is set to turn up the heat even further on Wednesday night, as legislators probe whether ILO had an unfair advantage in securing the state contract because of its ties to McKee. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2021 History continues to turn up all the time on the property. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 History continues to turn up all the time on the property. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of turnup


1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1688, in the meaning defined above


1563, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Turnup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnup. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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