[ verb uhp-sweep; noun uhp-sweep ]

verb (used with object),up·swept, up·sweep·ing.
  1. to sweep upward.

verb (used without object),up·swept, up·sweep·ing.
  1. to be arranged in an upsweep.

  1. a sweeping upward, as an increase in elevation or a steep slope.

  2. a hairdo produced by having the hair combed or brushed upward to the top of the head; an upswept hairdo.

  1. a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.

  2. a curved shape of the lower jaw of some animals.

Origin of upsweep

First recorded in 1885–90; up- + sweep1

Words Nearby upsweep Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use upsweep in a sentence

  • "Somewhere I've heard your voice," she said with the upsweep of her lashes.

    Contrary Mary | Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for upsweep


  1. a curve or sweep upwards

  2. US and Canadian an upswept hairstyle

verb(ʌpˈswiːp) -sweeps, -sweeping or -swept
  1. to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards

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