What does upstart mean?

Definitions for upstartˈʌpˌstɑrt; ʌpˈstɑrt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word upstart.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Upstart

    up′stärt, adj. (Milt.) suddenly raised to prominence or consequence, characteristic of such, pretentious and vulgar.—n. one who has suddenly risen from poverty or obscurity to wealth or power.—v.i. Upstart′, to start up suddenly.


  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 for upstart »

  1. start up, start-up, startup

  2. Start up

  3. Start-up

  4. Startup


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upstart in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upstart in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pat Riley:

    From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.

  2. Ramon Salaverria:

    Some media outlets that are only three or four years old have managed to very quickly pick up a big chunk of the audience, in the past few years it's become clear that upstart political parties have won over voters from traditional parties, and it's happening in the media too.

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