[noun, adjective uhp-stahrt; verb uhp-stahrt]
- a person who has risen suddenly from a humble position to wealth, power, or a position of consequence.
- a presumptuous and objectionable person who has so risen; parvenu.
- being, resembling, or characteristic of an upstart.
- to spring into existence or into view.
- to start up; spring up, as to one's feet.
- to cause to start up.
Origin of upstart
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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
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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
June 5, 2014
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
January 26, 2014
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
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Six months later, the upstart decided he was ready to strike out on his own.Is Tech Upstart Cullen Dudas the Next Steve Jobs?
January 10, 2013
That Francesco was an upstart was no longer a matter of surmise with him.Love-at-Arms
Here was this upstart new boy with an air of questioning his authority.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
An unedified palate is the irrepressible cloven foot of the upstart.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Besides, as I said to Francis, you had only to look at this upstart of a Jansoulet to see what he was worth.The Nabob
It was by their order that the upstart Duncombe had been put in ward.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- 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
- (intr) archaic to start up, as in surprise, etc
Word Origin and History for upstart
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