Origin of upswept

First recorded in 1785–95; past participle of upsweep


[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.
  3. a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.
  4. a curved shape of the lower jaw of some animals.

Origin of upsweep

First recorded in 1885–90; up- + sweep1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for upswept

Historical Examples of upswept

  • Table knife, iron, with incomplete blade originally with upswept and rounded end, but seemingly used after the end was lost.

  • An upswept arrangement which brought out the bone structure of her face rather well but didn't do much else for her.


    James H Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for upswept


noun (ˈʌpˌswiːp)
  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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