or get-up

[ get-uhp ]
See synonyms for getup on
  1. costume; outfit: Everyone will stare at you if you wear that getup.

  2. arrangement or format; style: the getup of a new cookbook.

Origin of getup

First recorded in 1825–35; noun use of verb phrase get up

Other definitions for get-up (2 of 2)

[ get-uhp ] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use getup in a sentence

  • Her face was haggard; her general get-up was in something like scarecrow disorder; she didn't even care how she looked.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • I wasn't sure whether that collar was part of your get-up as an eccentric comedian.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • The binding is in keeping with the general get-up, and the book would make an admirable Christmas present.

    Beyond | Henry Seward Hubbard
  • For when the time came these gentlemen fought well enough, and ruined their picturesque get-up with their own blood.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for get up

get up

verb(mainly adverb)
  1. to wake and rise from one's bed or cause to wake and rise from bed

  2. (intr) to rise to one's feet; stand up

  1. (also preposition) to ascend or cause to ascend: the old van couldn't get up the hill

  2. to mount or help to mount (a bicycle, horse, etc)

  3. to increase or cause to increase in strength: the wind got up at noon

  4. (tr) informal to dress (oneself) in a particular way, esp showily or elaborately

  5. (tr) informal to devise or create: to get up an entertainment for Christmas

  6. (tr) informal to study or improve one's knowledge of: I must get up my history

  7. (intr foll by to) informal to be involved in: he's always getting up to mischief

  8. (intr) Australian informal to win, esp in a sporting event

  1. informal a costume or outfit, esp one that is striking or bizarre

  2. informal the arrangement or production of a book, etc

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with getup


Arise from bed; also, sit or stand up. For example, Once I get up and have coffee, I'm ready to work. One of Irving Berlin's earliest hit songs was “Oh! How I hate to Get Up in the Morning” (1918). [Mid-1300s]

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