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upstart

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verb up·start \ˌəp-ˈstärt\

Definition of upstart

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to jump up (as to one's feet) suddenly

14th Century

First Known Use of upstart

14th century


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noun up·start \ˈəp-ˌstärt\

Definition of upstart

  1. 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. 2 :  a start-up enterprise

upstart

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Examples of upstart in a sentence

  1. a young upstart from Harvard who thinks he knows more than the boss

  2. <having made their money in oil decades ago, they consider these billionaire dot-commers mere upstarts>

1555

First Known Use of upstart

1555


UPSTART Defined for English Language Learners


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noun up·start \ˈəp-ˌstärt\

Definition of upstart for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

upstart

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noun up·start \ˈəp-ˌstärt\

Definition of upstart for Students

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



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