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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The Justice Department indictment alleges that Messrs. Leissner and Ng sought to cover up their activities by repeatedly assuring Goldman executives Mr. Low wasn’t involved in their work with 1MDB, even as Mr. Low kept turning up at meetings. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs’s Ex-CEO Lloyd Blankfein Met Malaysian at Center of 1MDB Scandal," 9 Nov. 2018 But a slew of crime scenes begin to turn up around LA designed to look like the crime scenes in her books. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 Protests are set to take place across the country the next day under the banner of Women United Against Bolsonaro, and hundreds of thousands are expected to turn up in support of the movement. Jill Langlois, Teen Vogue, "Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Has Inspired Massive Women's Protests, Just Like Donald Trump," 5 Oct. 2018 Jantawong, 25, seemed to know where to look when the kids turned up missing. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "What's Next For The Rescued Thai Soccer Team?," 10 July 2018 Shortly after the monk seals started hauling out again on Hawai`i’s famous beaches, in 2001, one turned up dead of toxoplasmosis. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 So far, the searches haven't turned up any new information, according to Pix11. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Teen went missing. Anonymous text message said 'search the park and the pond,' family says," 9 July 2018 That snail kites turned up nesting so far north in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park – about 90 miles northwest of Orlando – has been a sensation for birdwatchers and biologists. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's high waters are boon for snail kites and manatees," 6 July 2018 Would Dershowitz turn up, looking to ingratiate himself with the blue-state elite by buying a leftist baked good? Christopher Bonanos, The Cut, "Searching for Alan Dershowitz on Martha’s Vineyard," 5 July 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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