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

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

Rarely has an upstart so piqued Tencent, a Chinese gaming and social-media titan which in November became Asia’s first company worth over half-a-trillion dollars. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 That will mark a departure from the penchant of the World Cup final to spotlight titans, with Spain in 2010 the only finalist since 1966 without multiple finals all-time, and with nobody deeming Spain an upstart. Chuck Culpepper, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup final will include one of these teams: England, Croatia, Sweden, Russia. Really.," 4 July 2018 Her victory is a stunning illustration of the energy on the left this year, and an echo of the Republican primaries in 2014 that saw another aspiring speaker of the House, Eric Cantor of Virginia, felled by an upstart on the right. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "4 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 27 June 2018 The losers will be upstarts trying to create new payment systems that don’t use the credit card networks. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Visa and Mastercard Should Thank the Supreme Court, Too," 25 June 2018 This upstart was often a thorn in the side of the bigger paper and would eventually overtake it in circulation decades later. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018 Here, the upstart is renting out rooms ranging from $875 to $1,775 per month. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is this the only way millennials can live in a house?," 24 May 2018 From the beginning, Grace was considered an upstart and a usurper without liberation credentials. Karan Mahajan, The New Republic, "After the Strongman," 26 Mar. 2018 Golda Meir, an upstart in the division, hopes to make a statement. Sussex Hamilton at Brookfield East, 7:15 p.m. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area boys basketball rankings, players and teams of the week," 15 Jan. 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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