Meaning of upstart

up•start

Pronunciation: (n., adj.up'stärt"v.up&sylpstärt'), [key]
— n.
  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.
—adj.
  1. being, resembling, or characteristic of an upstart.
—v.i.
  1. to spring into existence or into view.
  2. to start up; spring up, as to one's feet.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to start up.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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