upstart

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj upstart characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
    • n upstart 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
    • n upstart a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
    • n upstart an arrogant or presumptuous person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Upstart One who has risen suddenly, as from low life to wealth, power, or honor; a parvenu.
    • a Upstart Suddenly raised to prominence or consequence. "A race of upstart creatures."
    • Upstart (Bot) The meadow saffron.
    • v. i Upstart To start or spring up suddenly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • upstart To start or spring up suddenly.
    • n upstart One who or that which starts or springs up suddenly; specifically, a person who suddenly rises from a humble position to wealth, power, or consequence; a parvenu.
    • n upstart One who assumes a lofty or arrogant tone.
    • n upstart A puddle made by the hoofs of horses in clayey ground. Halliwell. The meadow-saffron, Colchicum autumnale, whose flowers spring up suddenly without leaves.
    • upstart Starting up suddenly; quickly rising.
    • upstart Suddenly raised to prominence or consequence; parvenu: as, “a race of upstart creatures,”
    • upstart Characteristic of a parvenu; new and pretentious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Upstart up′stärt (Milt.) suddenly raised to prominence or consequence, characteristic of such, pretentious and vulgar
    • n Upstart one who has suddenly risen from poverty or obscurity to wealth or power
    • v.i Upstart to start up suddenly
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Quotations

  • Pat Riley
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    “From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.”

Usage

In literature:

There was nothing artificial or upstart about their beauty, but the venerableness of dignity.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Could he have been an upstart of fifteen when he first spoke into our receivers?
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
They must all have wings, forsooth, now, every new upstart sort of bird, and fly.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
What upstart was this that dared defy its wrath and power?
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The favourite had been guilty of all those extravagances which constitute the Nemesis of upstarts.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
The upstart had ruled like the savage that he was, and after three years of misery the whole Roman world had risen against him.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
It was high time to put him in his place, the conceited upstart, shoving himself forward like an equal!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
To be ceremonious, upstart, invested with brief authority.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In comparison, our motors are merest upstarts.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
It was the idea of change, a new and upstart master in her father's place, which tortured her.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
I will fight this upstart folly while breath is in me, and I will teach you to fight it with me.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Then you see your Jacksonville man is much the superior in appearance to the Springfield upstart.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
He's the most unmeaning upstart of a puppy I ever met.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
Nothin' but a lot of upstart sheep-herders, that's got rich in five years and don't know how to act.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
He was a perfect specimen of an upstart peasant!
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
I will die willingly if I devise not A scheme to bend these upstarts to your will.
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
They are scarce, in our days; but after all there are some, less eager than others in the unscrupulous struggle which creates upstarts.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
He obeyed, growling at the indignities heaped upon the "Lyttonses" by "upstarts.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Do you care to stay here and be bullied by upstart soldiers?
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
The Hungarian nobility regard the Austrian nobles as mere upstarts.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
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In poetry:

A patriot of high degree,
Who could no longer bear
This upstart Viceroy's tyranny,
Against him did declare.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
"Down, upstart!" said the hardy salt;
But BERKELY dodged his aim,
And made him go in chains below:
The seamen murmured "Shame!"
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
On half-shut eyelids making-dreams upstart,
Till the delighted eye
Reel'd in the sense of its creative art,
As stars reel in the sky.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
Kying Estmere then pulled forth his harpe,
And played thereon so sweete:
Upstarte the ladye from the kynge,
As hee sate at the meate.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
What lovely things have touched my heart—
See how the waves caress and part,
And watch pale Dawn from Night upstart
And slip into her mystic mart.
"Song Of Lovely Things" by Wilhelmina Stitch
The cloud laughed at the rainbow
saying that is was an upstart
gaudy in its emptiness.
The rainbow calmly answered,
"I am as inevitably real as tha sun himself."
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

The legend and the upstart prove as perfectly matched live as they are on record.
Upstart market leader Vermont Castings counts on the reputation it has for quality to warm the hearts of customers for new products.
Such is NOT the case for the upstart New York Jets however.
Upstart party making noise in German politics.
Lawmakers, Big Tobacco Firms, Store Chains Say Upstarts Exploiting Loophole Should Be Taxed the Same as Manufacturers.
Upstart Aggies visit Alabama, Top 25 buzz, matchups and picks.
France to Probe Mobile Upstart .
Brooklyn's upstart fashionistas join forces.
At Rental Car Upstart , You'll Take a Silver Audi, or Walk.
Detroit Tigers to face upstart Oakland A's in American League Division Series.
York's state representative was elected to another term on Tuesday, beating an upstart third-party candidate.
Aerial fireworks propel stars, upstarts to rare heights.
An ' Awkward ' Upstart From Down Under.
From legends (Ramsey Lewis) to upstarts (Trombone Shorty) to brass bands (The Heavyweights), you'll get your groove on at this year's TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.
The upstart Lady Eagles volleyball team rebounded from their loss on Tuesday to Sevier Co. To play Morristown West a close match last Thursday evening.
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In science:

The Upstart Theory After all the mathematics, software development, prose revisions, and persuasion necessary to complete her theory and have the paper accepted, Sophie decides to reward herself by living the good life for a while.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Sophie sends a message to the journal editors describing in detail what she sees as the many flaws of the upstart paper.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The upstart theory is not better than hers; it has only succeeded in reducing the size of the encoded data by dramatically increasing the size of the compressor.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
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