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upstart

verb up·start \ ˌəp-ˈstärt \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of upstart

upstarted; upstarting; upstarts
: to jump up (as to one's feet) suddenly

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First Known Use of upstart

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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upstart

noun up·start \ ˈəp-ˌstärt \

Definition of upstart

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

upstart

play \ˈəp-ˈstärt\ adjective

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

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First Known Use of upstart

1555

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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upstart Synonyms


UPSTART Defined for English Language Learners

upstart

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

noun up·start \ ˈəp-ˌstärt \

Definition of upstart for Students

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


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