upswept

adjective

up·​swept ˈəp-ˌswept How to pronounce upswept (audio)
: swept upward
especially : brushed up to the top of the head
upswept hair

Examples of upswept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March 2002, the United Kingdom’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit arrested Gary McKinnon, a quiet 36-year-old Scot with elfin features and Spock-like upswept eyebrows. IEEE Spectrum, 27 June 2011 The styling, identical for both models, was dramatic, featuring an extended fiberglass nose and an upswept spoiler at the rear. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2023 The plain edge blade with an upswept design makes the knife a solid slasher, and when combined with the needle-point and 6.30-ounce fighting weight, the knife will puncture and penetrate. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 15 June 2023 Why? The proud, efficient and bilious store manager, Pauline (Eva Kaminsky), is all business; her upswept hair is a pincushion of pens. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023 Ryan Nelson renders upswept hair with precisely inked lines in his depiction of a woman that focuses on her bouffant. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 Even Taylor-Joy's upswept hair, a sort of softer version of a beehive styled by Gregory Russell, is giving me principal ballerina vibes. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2023 My particular example comes with a red-and-gold chrome fuel tank to match its gleaming engine and upswept exhausts, tapping further into the bike’s 1960s heritage. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 His silver-white hair, as always, was upswept neatly from ear to ear, and his manner was as even and pleasant as his appearance. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upswept was in 1938

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“Upswept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upswept. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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upswept

adjective
up·​swept ˈəp-ˌswept How to pronounce upswept (audio)
: swept upward
an upswept hairdo

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