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Origin of upstart

1275–1325; Middle English (v.); see up-, start

OTHER WORDS FROM upstart

upstartness, noun
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How to use upstart in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for upstart

upstart

noun (ˈʌpˌstɑːt)
  1. a person, group, etc, that has risen suddenly to a position of power or wealth
  2. (as modifier)an upstart tyrant; an upstart family
  1. an arrogant or presumptuous person
  2. (as modifier)his upstart ambition
verb (ʌpˈstɑːt)
(intr) archaic to start up, as in surprise, etc
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