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  • adj. Describes a person who thinks or acts as if he/she is superior in some way that the speaker disagrees with. For instance, pretending to be of a higher class or having greater authority than he/she has in reality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Upstart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (British informal) upstart


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  • I know that the appearance of Shirley Novello will look different when I've gone through books and books of the women police officers being referred to as WPCs and treated like jumped-up chaperones, useful mostly for patting down and calming down women suspects than it did the first time, when I had "Ivor" for one of the characters right away.

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  • He should find room to talk of Murali, one of cricket's great champions, and how after the horrific Boxing Day tsunami he made countless phone calls to borrow lorries and transport aid to the east, and also to argue vehemently with a jumped-up local politician or two when he suspected that the aid was not getting to where it was most sorely needed.

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  • The connection between the Elders of Sodom and that jumped-up faction of pretenders was severed with the Albigensians.

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  • Sadly for the loveable moppet, her TV guzzling parents think she is just a jumped-up germ.

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  • In case it needs to be said, it takes more than one jumped-up Calgarian to establish a corporate state and build death camps.

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  • Her article let everyone know—not only his bosses but every jumped-up smack dealer on his patch—that there was a new not-to-be-fucked-with guy in town.

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  • "The French team are jumped-up, overpaid prima donnas," said actor Gavin O'Connor.

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  • “Do you know what that jumped-up country housewife has done?”

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  • •True, it's a far cry from the nurturing spirit of the Neighborhood to the jumped-up cruelty of the opening rounds of American Idol (Fox, 8 ET/PT).

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  • The kind of thing that even a jumped-up secretary might ask.

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