upstart

verb
up·​start | \ ˌəp-ˈstärt \
upstarted; upstarting; upstarts

Definition of upstart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to jump up (as to one's feet) suddenly

upstart

noun
up·​start | \ ˈəp-ˌstärt \

Definition of upstart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that has risen suddenly (as from a low position to wealth or power) : parvenu especially : one that claims more personal importance than is warranted
2 : a start-up enterprise

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Other Words from upstart

Noun

upstart \ ˈəp-​ˈstärt \ adjective

Synonyms for upstart

Synonyms: Noun

arriviste, nouveau riche, parvenu

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Examples of upstart in a Sentence

Noun

a young upstart from Harvard who thinks he knows more than the boss having made their money in oil decades ago, they consider these billionaire dot-commers mere upstarts

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Managing one of the era’s most popular girl groups and upstarting the career of the greatest living entertainer should have seen Mr. Knowles in a position similar to Barry Gordy or at the very least, DJ Khaled. refinery29.com, "We Will Never Find Out Who Bit Beyoncé — Or Crack These Other Unsolved Beyoncé Mysteries," 28 Mar. 2018 Ben & Jerry’s has rapidly lost U.S. market share to upstart low-calorie ice-cream brand Halo Top, while Unilever’s European deodorant business has had to contend with cut-price German rivals. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Unilever Cost-Cutting Turns Out to Be Twisty Path to Profits," 19 Oct. 2017 Cleveland music fans will get everything from a few Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to upstart hip-hop acts and some of the biggest pop stars in the world like Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. cleveland.com, "20 concerts to see in Cleveland this August," 7 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices," 4 Sep. 2018 Over the last few years, Ford has tried to position itself as an honest-to-god competitor to Silicon Valley upstarts like Google and Tesla by investing in self-driving cars as well as mobility ventures like car-sharing and private transit. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford adds electric scooter startup to its growing mobility collection," 8 Nov. 2018 Chobani’s and Noosa’s have similarly disrupted the yogurt industry, while digital upstarts like Casper’s helped drive Mattress Firm into bankruptcy. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "After men’s razors, Harry’s launches shaving brand for women," 15 Oct. 2018 Hedge funds that specialize in distressed investing have been kicking the tires of the New York taxi market after prices for medallions plummeted in the face of competition from ride-hailing upstarts. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Bets on Beaten-Up New York Taxi Business," 13 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, upstarts like Discord, a free voice and text chat app for gamers, are gaining users. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, chicagotribune.com, "Don't skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand," 14 May 2018 Samsung was then reeling, battling smartphone rivals Apple (aapl, -0.09%) in a costly lawsuit and seeing off competition from Chinese upstarts Xiaomi (xiaomi, +0.00%), and Huawei (huawei, +0.00%). Eli Meixler, Fortune, "The Best Design Is About Creating a Seamless Experience, Says Samsung's Design Chief," 7 Mar. 2018 Crowley quickly conceded to the 28-year-old progressive upstart and pledged to support her. NBC News, "Still no concession call? Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley trade barbs in primary aftermath," 12 July 2018 While traditional banks try to win goodwill with feel-good commercials and billboards, the upstarts have put their marketing energy into promoting a sense of caring and community. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of upstart

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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upstart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upstart

: a person who has recently begun an activity, become successful, etc., and who does not show proper respect for older and more experienced people

: a newly successful person, business, etc.

upstart

noun
up·​start | \ ˈəp-ˌstärt \

Kids Definition of upstart

: a person who gains quick or unexpected success and shows off that success

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