Part of speech: adjective

Suddenly raised to wealth or prominence; pretentious.

Part of speech: noun

One who has risen suddenly to consequence.

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Usage examples "upstart":

  1. This extravagance of upstart theory and fitful experiment without end, all tended to check colonial enterprise and destroy the public tranquillity. - "The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)", John West.
  2. To have this upstart defend Mrs. Bagley, in whose presence he could hardly lash back, put Mr. Fisher in a very unhappy state of mind. - "The Fourth R", George Oliver Smith.
  3. She makes Aunt Miriam look like a vulgar, blatant little upstart! - "The Whirligig of Time", Wayland Wells Williams.