concocted; falsely fabricated or invented: a made-up story.
being in makeup; wearing facial cosmetics.
put together; finished.

Origin of made-up

First recorded in 1600–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for made-up

Contemporary Examples of made-up

Historical Examples of made-up

  • But a made-up story is one thing and a story of facts is another.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • I could stake my life upon it she wears a wig, that her complexion is a 'made-up' one.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • It has a sort of probable sound, and yet it's a made-up name.

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • These must be real words, not meaningless syllables or made-up words.

  • And mother, too, if she likes, though I should love to see her made-up as Shylock!

    About Peggy Saville

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for made-up



invented; fictionala made-up story
wearing make-upa well made-up woman
put together; assembled
(of a road) surfaced with asphalt, concrete, etc
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