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Dictionary Definition

upstart adj : characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position [syn: nouveau-riche, parvenu, parvenue, upstart(a)]


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 [syn: parvenu, nouveau-riche, arriviste]
3 a gymnastic exercise performed starting from a position with the legs over the upper body and moving to an errect position by arching the back and swinging the legs out and down while forcing the chest upright [syn: kip]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. someone who has gained sudden wealth, power or influence, but has either not gained social acceptance or has become arrogant or presumptuous


someone who has gained sudden wealth, power or influence but has not gained social acceptance
  • Finnish: nousukas, uusrikas
  • Greek: αριβίστας
  • Icelandic: uppskafningur
  • Latin: novus homo


  1. self-important and presumtuous



  1. to rise suddenly, to spring

Extensive Definition

In Unix computing, Upstart is an event-based replacement for the init daemon, (dangling clause; presuably Mr. Remnant wrote Upstart and not initd.] written by Scott James Remnant, an employee of Canonical Ltd. Upstart operates asynchronously — as well as handling the starting of tasks and services during boot and stopping them during shutdown, it supervises them while the system is running.
Easy transition and perfect backwards compatibility with sysvinit were explicit design goals. As such, Upstart is able to run sysvinit scripts unmodified. In this way it differs from most other init replacements, which usually assume and require complete transition to run properly, and don't support a mixed environment of traditional and new startup method.


Upstart was first included in Ubuntu in the Edgy Eft release in late 2006, replacing sysvinit. While the new Upstart daemon is used, most of the services are managed using the old sysvinit scripts. The reason for this has been attributed to missing features that prevent the complete replacement of the existing scripts with native Upstart service descriptions.
As Upstart matures, it is intended that its role will expand to the duties currently handled by cron, anacron and atd, and possibly (but much less likely) inetd.
Upstart is also intended to replace sysvinit in the 0.7 release of Frugalware Linux and in Fedora 9. In both cases it will function in the same manner as it does in Ubuntu, i.e. it will replace sysvinit, while retaining the existing scripts.
Upstart can also be installed on Debian from the experimental repository.

See also


upstart in German: Upstart
upstart in Spanish: Upstart
upstart in French: Upstart
upstart in Italian: Upstart
upstart in Japanese: Upstart
upstart in Norwegian: Upstart
upstart in Polish: Upstart
upstart in Finnish: Upstart

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babbitt, Philistine, Young Turk, adventurer, arriviste, bob up, boldface, boor, bounder, bourgeois, bourgeois gentilhomme, brazenface, break water, bright young man, cad, churl, chutzpanik, clown, comer, emigrant, epicier, fledgling, float up, fly up, fountain, gate-crasher, greenhorn, groundling, gush, guttersnipe, hooligan, hussy, ill-bred fellow, immigrant, intruder, jet, jump up, leap up, looby, lout, low fellow, malapert, minx, modern, modern generation, modern man, modernist, modernizer, mucker, mushroom, name-dropper, neologism, neologist, neology, neonate, neoteric, neoterism, neoterist, new arrival, new boy, new generation, new man, newcomer, newly-rich, nobody, nouveau riche, nouveau roturier, nouveau-riche, novus homo, outsider, parvenu, parvenue, peasant, pig in clover, pop up, pretender, pup, puppy, recruit, ribald, rising generation, rocket, rookie, roturier, rough, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, saucebox, settler, shoot up, skyrocket, slob, smart aleck, smart-ass, smarty, smarty-pants, social climber, spring up, sprout, spurt, squatter, start up, status seeker, stowaway, stripling, surface, swaggerer, tenderfoot, tufthunter, upleap, upshoot, upspear, upspring, vault up, vulgarian, vulgarist, whippersnapper, wise guy, wise-ass, would-be gentleman, yokel
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