upstart

verb
up·​start | \ ˌəp-ˈstärt How to pronounce upstart (audio) \
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 How to pronounce upstart (audio) \

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 How to pronounce upstart (audio) \ 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

The $99 fares to Europe sold themselves and prompted plenty of giddy news coverage about upstarts undercutting the airlines of old. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 America has become embroiled in trade spats with fast-growing upstarts before; with Japan in the 1980s, for example. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 But as incumbents find their business models disrupted by digital upstarts, Mr. Ectors’s experience may be useful, providing insight into what the insurance industry’s version of Uber Technologies Inc. could look like. Agam Shah, WSJ, "Executive Injects Tech Into Highly Regulated Insurance Sector," 20 May 2019 But Gillette has been losing market share to online upstarts like Dollar Shave Club and other smaller brands. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Gillette Ad," 14 Jan. 2019 Proponents of technological innovation, including many Democratic lawmakers and the Democratic commissioners of the FCC, also contend that net neutrality allows upstarts the freedom to invent and pursue new products and services. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Senate Votes Against the Net-Neutrality Rollback," 16 May 2018 As the base for flag airline Emirates, a Readers’ Choice favorite, Dubai is also served by around 140 airlines, including low-cost upstart flydubai, which handles more than ten percent of the traffic. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The upstart rises On Monday, SpaceX invited reporters to its factory for an astronaut event. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018 The play happened on Jan. 10, 1982, when the upstart 49ers hosted the Cowboys in the NFC title game. Josh Dubow, chicagotribune.com, "Former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark dies at 61," 4 June 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

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

upstart

noun
up·​start | \ ˈəp-ˌstärt How to pronounce upstart (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstart

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

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