[ UK /ˈʌpstɑːt/ ]
[ US /ˈəpˌstɑɹt/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
NOUN
  1. a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  2. an arrogant or presumptuous person
  3. 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
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How To Use upstart In A Sentence

  • At first she wanted to punch the nurse and storm off - how dare the young upstart speak to her like that?
  • The subplots evolve around the fates of several individual soldiers of the Macht and a few other side characters: the young conscripts Gasca and Rictus of Isca, centurion Jason of Ferai, Vorus – the renegade general of the Assurian Empire, and Tyrin, the lowborn Kufr concubine of the upstart prince. Paul Kearney - The Ten Thousand (Book Review)
  • McCain started off his campaign stacking his long resume against what he characterized as the meager accomplishments of slick talking Ivy League upstart. Capitol Hill Blue - The oldest political news site on the Internet
  • Many prefer a familiar authority figure to a young upstart.
  • The company has led the field to such an extent, and has produced so much good work over the last decade that has not been rewarded with Oscars, that I thought it a little sad that the first award went to the upstarts.
  • Was last night as close as the upstart governor will ever get to beating the patrician Senator?
  • The woman on the left (who looks a bit like Téa Leoni, I think) is obviously being confronted with some entitled upstart (look at that nose in the air!) and is on the point of delivering a well-deserved set-down. August 2007
  • For the moment then, the TV executive who discriminated against me because of my plebeian roots is probably safe to continue discriminating against other cheeky upstarts.
  • The media's role in exposing his unfortunate behaviour and upstart arrogance has been highly commendable.
  • It is a relentless satire on the town's citizens, who are depicted as upstarts clambering up the social ladder despite their patent inadequacy.
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