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

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

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 But the cover story about Panthers firing back at police fell apart as more evidence turned up to contradict it. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: 50 years later, it’s easier to see how the Black Panther raid changed racial politics," 3 Dec. 2019 Last year, luxury brand Chanel filed a lawsuit claiming that at least seven fake Chanel bags turned up on The RealReal. Pamela Boykoff, Clare Sebastian And Masha Angelova, CNN, "The RealReal CEO stands up for the company's authentication policy," 29 Nov. 2019 One person briefed on the records examination said White House lawyers are expressing concern that the review has turned up some unflattering exchanges and facts that could at a minimum embarrass the president. BostonGlobe.com, "E-mails show extensive effort to justify move to block Ukraine aid - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 One person briefed on the records examination said White House lawyers are expressing concern that the review has turned up some unflattering exchanges and facts that could at a minimum embarrass the president. Anchorage Daily News, "White House review turns up emails showing extensive effort to justify Trump’s decision to block Ukraine military aid," 24 Nov. 2019 The Mustangs’ offense turned up in the second quarter, scoring 28 points to the Bulldogs’ 22 points with both teams battling back and forth. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Boys basketball: No. 17 North Shore defeats No. 10 Summer Creek," 20 Nov. 2019 There was Slotkin’s quote about staying on message instantly turning up on a Politico reporter’s Twitter feed. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen," 18 Nov. 2019 More than 100 needles and other medical supplies turned up on a California beach Sunday morning, investigators said. Fox News, "California's Venice Beach littered with more than 100 needles, other medical supplies, investigators say," 11 Nov. 2019 Multiple types of bacteria and fungi turned up in the lowland soils, Dragone reported 14 October at the Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Sciences meeting in Julian, California. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Some spots on Earth are too hostile for life," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of turnup was in 1563

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“Turnup.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20up%20her%20nose. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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