[ uhp-swept ]
/ ˈʌpˌswɛpt /


curved or sloped upward: upswept automobile fenders.
combed or brushed upward to the top of the head.

Origin of upswept

First recorded in 1785–95; past participle of upsweep

Definition for upswept (2 of 2)


[ verb uhp-sweep; noun uhp-sweep ]
/ verb ʌpˈswip; noun ˈʌpˌswip /

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

to sweep upward.

verb (used without object), up·swept, up·sweep·ing.

to be arranged in an upsweep.


a sweeping upward, as an increase in elevation or a steep slope.
a hairdo produced by having the hair combed or brushed upward to the top of the head; an upswept hairdo.
a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for upswept

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for upswept


noun (ˈʌpˌswiːp)

a curve or sweep upwards
US and Canadian an upswept hairstyle

verb (ʌpˈswiːp) -sweeps, -sweeping or -swept

to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards
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