Definition of "upstart" []

  • A person of humble origin who attains sudden wealth, power, or importance, especially one made immodest or presumptuous by the change; a parvenu. (noun)
  • Suddenly raised to a position of consequence. (adjective)
  • Self-important; presumptuous. (adjective)
  • To spring or start up suddenly. (verb-intransitive)
  • A person, group, etc, that has risen suddenly to a position of power or wealth (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An arrogant or presumptuous person (noun)
  • To start up, as in surprise, etc (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "upstart" in a sentence
  • "#Remove a bew upstart scripts cd/etc/init rm mountall* upstart*"
  • "McCain, war hero, American patriot will prevail against the one term upstart from Illinois with questionable personal affiliations and no experience in the international theater."
  • "I guess the licensing is useful for large business to restrain upstart competitors."