[ kuhm-uhp-uh ns ]
/ ˌkʌmˈʌp əns /

noun Informal.

deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.

Origin of comeuppance

1855–60, Americanism; from phrase come up + -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comeuppance


/ (ˌkʌmˈʌpəns) /


informal just retribution

Word Origin for comeuppance

C19: from come up (in the sense: to appear before a judge or court for judgment)
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Word Origin and History for comeuppance



also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal" + -ance.

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