Definition of sunup in US English:

sunup

noun

North American
  • The time in the morning when the sun appears or full daylight arrives.

    ‘they worked from sunup to sundown’
    • ‘The author concludes that the colonists began to work at sunup and came in to breakfast at nine or ten.’
    • ‘From the time I was 12 years old, I worked on the farm from sunup to sundown for maybe $1.50 a day.’
    • ‘Isolation, loneliness, and the sheer drudgery of running a pioneer household - from sunup to sundown, without a single day's rest - has worn away at their resolve.’
    • ‘The gang has until sunup to restore things back to normal - but do they want to?’
    • ‘At sunup and sundown, the lagoon becomes a communal meeting place for locals.’
    • ‘Even less-observant Muslims fast seriously from sunup to sundown despite the tropical heat.’
    • ‘But finally, they came to the break in the woods by sunup.’
    • ‘She is pretty sure she will get to the point overlooking the ford a little before sunup.’
    • ‘She had been running since sunup, and it was now just before noon.’
    • ‘Then she hoped and prayed that they ended up somewhere useful come sunup.’
    • ‘If he had his way he'd spend his days courting and writing poetry from sunup until sundown.’
    • ‘The sun was still behind a mountain, but his watch said seven minutes past official sunup.’
    • ‘Probably only a few hours until sunup; he should sleep, get as much rest as he could.’
    • ‘The rooster crowing just before sunup woke Scott from a sound sleep.’
    • ‘During the colonial period, heavy breakfast meals of hoecakes (small cornmeal cakes) and molasses were prepared to fuel the slaves for work from sunup to sundown.’
    • ‘There were all-night partyers trying not to fall overboard as the fitness freaks jogged past them at sunup.’
    • ‘At $10 a head, students can go to the club from sundown to sunup and enjoy a safe graduation party with their peers.’
    • ‘Without the alchemy that each green leaf performs from sunup to sundown during the growing season, life simply could not be.’
    • ‘For the record, my dogs sleep in the house, so there is no night disturbance, and the birds sleep sundown to sunup, so there are no night noises coming from my yard.’
    • ‘From sunup to sundown, an overwintering bird's focus in life is to feed its face.’
    dawn, daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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Pronunciation

sunup

/ˈsənˌəp//ˈsənˌəp/