upstart (plural upstarts)
- One who has suddenly gained wealth, power, or other prominence, but either has not received social acceptance or has become arrogant or presumptuous.
- 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter XVIII, in Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed [by Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, OCLC 1708336 ↗, page 345 ↗:
- [S]he has no fair pretence of family or blood. She was nobody when he married her, barely the daughter of a gentleman; but ever since her being turned into a Churchill she has out-Churchill’d them all in high and mighty claims: but in herself, I assure you, she is an upstart.”
- The meadow saffron.
- French: parvenu, arriviste, nouveau riche
- German: Emporkömmling, Parvenü, Neureicher
- Portuguese: arrivista, novo-rico, emergente
- Russian: вы́скочка
- Spanish: advenedizo, advenediza, unscrupulous upstart arribista, nuevo rico
upstart (upstarts, present participle upstarting; past and past participle upstarted)
- to rise suddenly, to spring
- Th' Elfe therewith astownd,
- Upstarted lightly from his looser make,
- And his unready weapons gan in hand to take.