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 Meanwhile, in other sports, efforts to resume play continue even as cases turn up among players; and Covid-19 numbers are rising in the very areas where events are meant to be held. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, "Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass," 2 July 2020 China's latest moves to crimp the former British colony's freedoms are likely to turn up the heat even more between Washington and Beijing, in what is only one of their many flashpoints. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump is taking the 2020 election to a dark place," 26 June 2020 Eventually, Lambe says, fewer baby deer videos will turn up. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Go ahead and watch. Cute or funny animal videos can be good for you.," 26 June 2020 With warmer months finally here, there’s never been a better time to roll down the windows, turn up the music, and hit the road for a nearby weekend getaway. Nicole Schnitzler, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago," 24 June 2020 The corners of the mouth turn up, and laugh lines appear around the eyes. Stella Marie Hombach, Scientific American, "From behind the Coronavirus Mask, an Unseen Smile Can Still Be Heard," 1 June 2020 Internet searches also turn up other products featuring the Confederate flag. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Alabama Confederate flag store draws national attention, sales," 23 June 2020 Poaching of elephants for ivory has received wide coverage in Western media, but their skins turn up in boots that are legally marketed in wealthy nations. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 According to a savings rate blogger cited by CNBC, CDs with rates higher than 3% may turn up later this year. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "So much for ‘high yield’: Goldman Sachs cuts rate to 1.05% on Marcus accounts," 18 June 2020

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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