or build-up

[ bild-uhp ]
/ ˈbɪldˌʌp /


Nearby words

  1. building line,
  2. building paper,
  3. building permit,
  4. building society,
  5. building trades,
  6. built,
  7. built cane,
  8. built-in,
  9. built-in obsolescence,
  10. built-up

Origin of buildup

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase build up

Origin of build

before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

Related forms
Can be confusedbilled build Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for build-up


/ (bɪld) /

verb builds, building or built


physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build

Word Origin for build

Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower 1

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Word Origin and History for build-up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with build-up


In addition to the idioms beginning with build

  • build down
  • build in
  • build on
  • build on sand
  • build up

also see:

  • light (build) a fire under

Also see underbuilt.

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