- on or toward the back of the stage.
- of, relating to, or located at the back of the stage.
- haughtily aloof; supercilious.
- to overshadow (another performer) by moving upstage and forcing the performer to turn away from the audience.
- to outdo professionally, socially, etc.
- to behave snobbishly toward.
Origin of upstage
Examples from the Web for upstage
So, Streep rewrote much of her dialogue, which led to tension with her co-star, Hoffman, who felt she was trying to upstage him.Co-Stars Who Hated Each Other: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' and More
July 4, 2014
Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Yuri Ancarani shows that medical magic can upstage the aesthetic kind.A Surgeon's-Eye View
June 2, 2013
It takes great talent to upstage a man accepting his party's presidential nomination.Romney Camp Defends Eastwood
August 31, 2012
In terms of attire, one did not upstage the other by looking more sophisticated or fashionable—or elitist, God forbid.What Obama's Golf Fashion Reveals
June 20, 2011
A similar door, opening into the bedroom of the shack, upstage right.
Upstage, burned a driftwood fire in a low hearth of rough bricks; Judge Tiffany sat there, in a spindle-backed chair, reading.The Readjustment
Few are native-born New Yorkers, and scarcely any of them go around with their noses in the air in an "upstage Eastern manner."If You Don't Write Fiction
Charles Phelps Cushing
Single rose-coloured corduroy curtain for archway up R. hung on upstage side of arch.Mr. Pim Passes By
Alan Alexander Milne
- on, at, or to the rear of the stage
- of or relating to the back half of the stage
- informal haughty; supercilious; aloof
- to move upstage of (another actor), thus forcing him to turn away from the audience
- informal to draw attention to oneself from (someone else); steal the show from (someone)
- informal to treat haughtily
- the back half of the stage
Word Origin and History for upstage
1918 (adj.), 1921 (v.); the notion is of drawing attention to oneself (and away from a fellow actor) by moving upstage -- to the rear of the stage -- so that the other actor must face away from the audience. The noun upstage "back of the stage" is recorded from 1870.