follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

upsweep

[v. uhp-sweep; n. uhp-sweep] /v. ʌpˈswip; n. ˈʌpˌswip/
verb (used with object), upswept, upsweeping.
1.
to sweep upward.
verb (used without object), upswept, upsweeping.
2.
to be arranged in an upsweep.
noun
3.
a sweeping upward, as an increase in elevation or a steep slope.
4.
a hairdo produced by having the hair combed or brushed upward to the top of the head; an upswept hairdo.
5.
a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.
6.
a curved shape of the lower jaw of some animals.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; up- + sweep
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for up-sweep

upsweep

noun (ˈʌpˌswiːp)
1.
a curve or sweep upwards
2.
(US & Canadian) an upswept hairstyle
verb (ʌpˈswiːp) -sweeps, -sweeping, -swept
3.
to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for upsweep

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for up

4
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with up-sweep

Nearby words for up-sweep