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Adjective: upstart  úp'staa(r)t
  1. Characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
    - nouveau-riche, parvenu, parvenue
Noun: upstart  úp'staa(r)t
  1. An arrogant or presumptuous person
  2. A person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
    - parvenu, nouveau-riche, arriviste
  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
    - kip

Derived forms: upstarts

See also: pretentious

Type of: disagreeable person, gymnastic exercise, unpleasant person

Encyclopedia: Upstart