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Meaning of UPSTART

Pronunciation:  up'stârt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  2. [n]  an arrogant or presumptuous person

UPSTART is a 7 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: nouveau-riche, parvenu
 See Also: climber, disagreeable person, junior, smart aleck, social climber, unpleasant person, weisenheimer, wise guy, wiseacre, wisenheimer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Up*start"\, v. i.
    To start or spring up suddenly. --Spenser. Tennyson.
  2. \Up"start`\, n.
    1. One who has risen suddenly, as from low life to wealth,
       power, or honor; a parvenu. --Bacon.
    2. (Bot.) The meadow saffron. --Dr. Prior.
  3. \Up"start`\, a.
    Suddenly raised to prominence or consequence. ``A race of
    upstart creatures.'' --Milton.