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start-up (plural start-ups)

  1. Alternative spelling of startup
  2. (obsolete) One who comes suddenly into notice; an upstart.
  3. (obsolete) A kind of high rustic shoe.
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender, London: Hugh Singleton, “Februarie,” Glosse,[2]
      Galage) a startuppe or clownish shoe.
    • 1592, Robert Greene, A Quip for an Upstart Courtier, London: John Wolfe,[3]
      But Hob and Iohn of the countrey they stept in churlishly, in their high startvps []
    • 1619, Michael Drayton, “The Ninth Eglogue” in Pastorals. Contayning Eglogves, With the Man in the Moone, London: John Smethwicke, reproduced in J. William Hebel (ed.), The Works of Michael Drayton, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1932, p. 564,[4]
      When not a Shepheard any thing that could,
      But greaz’d his start-ups blacke as Autumns Sloe,