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 Queries of local police missing persons cases also failed to turn up any information, as did efforts to canvass the neighborhood and nearby homeless shelters. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Remains found in abandoned north Birmingham building 3 months ago now identified," 7 Nov. 2019 The Supreme Court did not hear a suit filed by civil society — to block the repeat election — due to a lack of quorum, after judges failed to turn up, allegedly because of fear. Washington Post, "Kenya judiciary complain of budget cuts," 4 Nov. 2019 Enter at Gate 12 on 42nd Street, turn off your lights and turn up your radio for a 30-minute musical ride synchronized with over a million lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 29 November festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 1 Nov. 2019 Subsequent research found that this costly endeavor failed to turn up any threats. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Forget poisoned candy and razor blades. Here’s the real Halloween horror," 28 Oct. 2019 Police searched Kelsey's home but turned up no signs of foul play. CBS News, "The murder of Kelsey Berreth: What does Krystal Lee know about the Colorado mom's killing?," 5 Oct. 2019 Then young girls begin disappearing, their bodies eventually turning up in the Willamette River. oregonlive, "‘The Butterfly Girl’ offers hope for lives that seem hopelessly broken," 26 Sep. 2019 Bookselling is an ancient and complicated profession, and fake editions of all sorts can turn up anywhere. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite," 19 Aug. 2019 And even though many teens assume e-cigarettes are safe, some turn up with signs of nicotine toxicity, a condition previously seen in young children who accidentally ingested nicotine gum. Author: Moriah Balingit, Anchorage Daily News, "E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools," 26 July 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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