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

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

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 Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and their suburbs routinely turn up on the U.S. Census Bureau’s lists of fastest-growing cities and metropolitan areas. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 Eventually, two brothers turn up and disturb the peace by harassing the old man and breaking his clock. Malcom Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Will the rosary eventually turn up, like other royal jewels in history? Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 25 May 2021 Although Pacific Northwest beachcombers aren’t as likely to find shells, many treasures still turn up on its shores. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Those two early exits turn up the pressure on a franchise seeking its first NBA title since 1971. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 22 May 2021 Those two early exits turn up the pressure on a franchise seeking its first NBA title since 1971. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Dead bodies turn up in statistically confounding numbers. John Anderson, WSJ, 20 May 2021 This could turn up supply and ultimately drive prices lower. Brian H. Robb, Forbes, 4 May 2021

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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