- disintegration; disruption; dispersal.
- the ending of a personal, especially a romantic, relationship.
- (in Alaska and Canada)
- the melting and loosening of ice in rivers and harbors during the early spring.
- the first day on which such ice is soft or dispersed enough to permit ships to use the waterways.
- Informal. an act or instance of being convulsed with laughter.
- temporary distortion in a televised picture.
Origin of breakup
Examples from the Web for breakup
He had been arrested and briefly jailed in Gary in 2004, after an incident triggered by a breakup with a live-in girlfriend.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
Both this and your next film, Listen Up Philip, are breakup stories—is it cathartic to act through stories like these?Is Elisabeth Moss the One 'True Detective' Loves? She Doesn't Deny It.
August 12, 2014
“Black Tar Cloud,” meanwhile, makes it clear that something more serious than alcohol may have also contributed to the breakup.
Breakup songs are one thing; breakup songs with such a relentless real-life agenda are another.
And an inherent contradiction within the Sunni coalition could well trigger a breakup in the longer term.Iraq Preps for a Civil War Rematch
June 23, 2014
It was a picture of the breakup of the Outer Federation, and in some ways worse than the other wars.Victory
Lester del Rey
If we get there before the breakup, we may cross on the ice.Johnny Longbow
Roy J. Snell
Somehow or other she'd made it across Willow Brook and the breakup had kept her there.The Duck-footed Hound
James Arthur Kjelgaard
They hadn't said much—because they had liked Rakhal—when the breakup came.The Door Through Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
McNeil—or perhaps both he and Ashe—had survived the breakup of the raft, after all.The Time Traders
Word Origin and History for breakup
also break-up, 1795, from verbal expression break up (mid-15c.), which was used originally of plowland, later of groups, assemblies, etc. Of things (also of marriages, relationships), "to disintegrate," from mid-18c. See break (v.) + up (adv.). Break it up as a command to stop a fight, etc., is recorded from 1936.