verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for upstart
AirAsia, on the other hand, is a relatively new carrier, an upstart in the tradition of Southwest Airlines in the United States.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the upstart wins, the Democrats are in play for the first time in a generation.Travis Childers: The Deep South’s Great Liberal Hope|Ben Jacobs|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The staid old NFL soon faced competition from the upstart AFL, which, of course, put a team in New York.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA|Ben Jacobs|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stewart was disdainful of the upstart network, and in the final meeting to sign the contract, would not even look at Ober.Food Fight! The Seven Biggest Rivalries Inside the Food Network|Thomas Flynn|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Six months later, the upstart decided he was ready to strike out on his own.
Mushrooms, instead of strawberry-leaves, should decorate the brows of the upstart French nobility.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
He has not long been in practice, and we look upon him as an upstart.The Story of Charles Strange Vol. 1 (of 3)|Mrs. Henry Wood
I will let the upstart know, said she, how easily the hand that has exalted him can beat him down.In the Days of Queen Elizabeth|Eva March Tappan
But were there no other motive to induce me to despise the upstart man, is not this unjust one to his family enough?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
But I will say my say, and have done with it; and you may think me an upstart meddler, if you like.
British Dictionary definitions for upstart
- a person, group, etc, that has risen suddenly to a position of power or wealth
- (as modifier)an upstart tyrant; an upstart family
- an arrogant or presumptuous person
- (as modifier)his upstart ambition
Word Origin and History for upstart
1550s, "one newly risen in importance or rank, a parvenu," also start-up, from up + start (v.) in the sense of "jump, spring, rise." Cf. the archaic verb upstart "to spring to one's feet," attested from c.1300.