turn·up | \ ˈtər-ˈnəp \

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 \

Definition of turnup (Entry 2 of 3)

: something that is turned up

turn 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

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Examples of turnup in a Sentence


my missing car keys turned up just in time when do you think our guests will turn up?

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Metals, chemicals, organic compounds, dozens of substances including mercury, arsenic, pesticides, herbicides and lead were tested for, and none turned up in unacceptable levels in our drinking water. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 As Chris Emery, a longtime Madaket resident, puts it, all the mowing and controlled burning done on that part of the island over the years, not to mention all the walking, biking, and dog-walking, would have probably turned up anything dangerous. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "On tranquil Nantucket, a new worry about what’s under the sand," 3 July 2018 Rhys Hoskins could have put on his Patagonia trucker’s cap and his golf shorts and fled from the Phillies’ clubhouse, slipped behind the wheel, turned up the radio and put his confrontation with a Phillies fan out of his mind. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Rhys Hoskins regrets confrontation with fan | Marcus Hayes," 25 June 2018 The audio surfaced as politicians and advocates flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration. Fox News, "Recording of crying children at US border adds to outrage," 18 June 2018 My aunt was killed and my father was exiled and my uncle disappeared — and the bodies of so many others, one by one, turned up on the cobblestone paths at sunrise. Esmeralda Bermudez, latimes.com, "I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I 'speak English' to her," 16 June 2018 Archaeologists have searched for traces of the colony, but more than a century of digging has turned up only the remains of a small workshop and an earthen fort that may have been built later. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 The President paints the probe as an unconstitutional distraction that has dragged on and turned up nothing, while casting a pall over his achievements. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 2018 The Kremlin continues to spread disinformation, and its political opponents still occasionally turn up poisoned or dead. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Putin’s Success Masks Russian Weakness," 4 June 2018

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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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