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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•startˈʌpˌstɑrt; ʌpˈstɑrt(n., adj.; v.; n.)

  1. a person who has risen suddenly from a humble position to wealth, power, or importance, esp. one who is presumptuous or arrogant; parvenu.

  2. (adj.)being, resembling, or characteristic of an upstart.

  3. (v.i.)to spring into existence or into view.

  4. to start up; spring up, as to one's feet.

  5. (v.t.)to cause to start up.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upstart(noun)

    an arrogant or presumptuous person

  2. upstart, parvenu, nouveau-riche, arriviste(noun)

    a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

  3. kip, upstart(adj)

    a gymnastic exercise performed starting from a position with the legs over the upper body and moving to an erect position by arching the back and swinging the legs out and down while forcing the chest upright

  4. nouveau-riche, parvenu, parvenue, upstart(a)(adj)

    characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position


  1. upstart(Noun)

    someone who has gained sudden wealth, power or influence, but has either not gained social acceptance or has become arrogant or presumptuous

  2. upstart(Verb)

    to rise suddenly, to spring

  3. upstart(Adjective)

    self-important and presumptuous

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upstart(verb)

    to start or spring up suddenly

  2. Upstart(noun)

    one who has risen suddenly, as from low life to wealth, power, or honor; a parvenu

  3. Upstart(noun)

    the meadow saffron

  4. Upstart(adj)

    suddenly raised to prominence or consequence


  1. Upstart

    Upstart is an event-based replacement for the traditional init daemon — the method by which several Unix-like computer operating systems perform tasks when the computer is started. It was written by Scott James Remnant, a former employee of Canonical Ltd.


  1. Upstart

    Upstart is a funding platform and mentoring network that matches students with backers who believe in their potential. With funding from Upstart, students can retire student loans, pay for living expenses, take an internship, or start a business. In return, the students share a small percentage of their income with their backers for the next 10 years.

Anagrams of upstart

  1. start up, start-up, startup

  2. Start up

  3. Start-up

  4. Startup

Translations for upstart

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who has risen quickly to wealth or power but seems to lack dignity or ability

I shall leave the firm if that little upstart becomes manager.

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