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[ poo sh-uhp ]
/ ˈpʊʃˌʌp /


an exercise in which a person, keeping a prone position with the hands palms down under the shoulders, the balls of the feet on the ground, and the back straight, pushes the body up and lets it down by an alternate straightening and bending of the arms.


(of a brassiere) having padding and usually underwires in the lower part of the cups so as to raise the breasts and make them seem fuller.
(of a sleeve) made to be pushed up the arm, away from the wrist or elbow, so as to create a puffed or creased fullness.


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Nearby words

push-down, push-in, push-off, push-pull, push-start, push-up, pushback, pushball, pushbutton, pushcard, pushcart

Origin of push-up

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase push up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for push-up

  • I made a mental note to wear a push-up bra for the rest of my time in Turkey.

    The Model Diaries: In Turkey, It’s No Breasts, No Jobs|Anonymous|January 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • When she appeared on The Daily Show in January—she challenged Stewart to a push-up contest for charity, which she easily won.

  • He risked a push-up that brought his head to the level of the upper rocks in time to see Scotty fire his first sling stone.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for push-up



US and Canadian an exercise in which the body is alternately raised from and lowered to the floor by the arms only, the trunk being kept straight with the toes and hands resting on the floorAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): press-up
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

Word Origin and History for push-up



also pushup, type of physical exercise, 1893, from push (v.) + up (adv.). As an adjective from 1892; of bras from 1957. Related: Push-ups

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper