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upstart

[n., adj. uhp-stahrt; v. uhp-stahrt] /n., adj. ˈʌpˌstɑrt; v. ʌpˈstɑrt/
noun
1.
a person who has risen suddenly from a humble position to wealth, power, or a position of consequence.
2.
a presumptuous and objectionable person who has so risen; parvenu.
adjective
3.
being, resembling, or characteristic of an upstart.
verb (used without object)
4.
to spring into existence or into view.
5.
to start up; spring up, as to one's feet.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to start up.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (v.); see up-, start
Related forms
upstartness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for up-start

upstart

noun (ˈʌpˌstɑːt)
1.
  1. a person, group, etc, that has risen suddenly to a position of power or wealth
  2. (as modifier): an upstart tyrant, an upstart family
2.
  1. an arrogant or presumptuous person
  2. (as modifier): his upstart ambition
verb (ʌpˈstɑːt)
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to start up, as in surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for up-start

upstart

n.

1550s, "one newly risen in importance or rank, a parvenu," also start-up, from up + start (v.) in the sense of "jump, spring, rise." Cf. the archaic verb upstart "to spring to one's feet," attested from c.1300.

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