sunrise, especially the time of sunrise.

Origin of sunup

1705–15, Americanism; sun + up, on the model of sundown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunup

Historical Examples of sunup

  • His last meal had been breakfast before sunup of the day before.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • “Been watching your craft since sunup,” declared Uncle Enos.

  • And to-morrow morning at sunup we begin preparations in earnest.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • From sunup to sundown the Tony Trumbullses raced and laughed.

    Rebecca Mary

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • "I took pains to watch the hunters load their craft at sunup," said Hawk Eye.

    Hawk Eye

    David Cory

British Dictionary definitions for sunup



another name (esp US) for sunrise (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for sunup

also sun-up, 1712, from sun (n.) + up (adv.).

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