Definitions for: Upstart


[n] a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
[n] an arrogant or presumptuous person



Webster (1913) Definition: Up*start", v. i.
To start or spring up suddenly. --Spenser. Tennyson.


Up"start`, n.
1. One who has risen suddenly, as from low life to wealth,
power, or honor; a parvenu. --Bacon.

2. (Bot.) The meadow saffron. --Dr. Prior.


Up"start`, a.
Suddenly raised to prominence or consequence. ``A race of
upstart creatures.'' --Milton.

Synonyms: nouveau-riche, parvenu

See Also: climber, disagreeable person, junior, smart aleck, social climber, unpleasant person, weisenheimer, wise guy, wiseacre, wisenheimer

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