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ˈʌpˌstɑrt; ʌpˈstɑrtup·start

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upstartnoun

    an arrogant or presumptuous person

  2. upstart, parvenu, nouveau-riche, arrivistenoun

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

  3. kip, upstartadjective

    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)adjective

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


  1. upstartnoun

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

  2. upstartverb

    to rise suddenly, to spring

  3. upstartadjective

    self-important and presumptuous

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upstartverb

    to start or spring up suddenly

  2. Upstartnoun

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

  3. Upstartnoun

    the meadow saffron

  4. Upstartadjective

    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.

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  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

Examples of upstart in a Sentence

  1. Dean Spanos:

    Simply put, Chargers NFL would not be what Chargers NFL is today without the vision of Barron Hilton, a founding father and charter member of the upstart AFL's sarcastically self-dubbed' Foolish Club,' Barron Hilton was a pioneering leader, risk-taking entrepreneur, prolific philanthropist, devoted family man and, of course, anything but foolish.

  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.

  3. Pat Riley:

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

  4. Gerald Eskenazi:

    Don't forget, this still was the Sixties, long hair was controversial and the establishment was being given a battle from upstart newcomers, the symbolism was perfect, and it was all there.

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