Definition of sunup in English:



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

    ‘they worked from sunup to sundown’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the time I was 12 years old, I worked on the farm from sunup to sundown for maybe $1.50 a day.’
    • ‘Probably only a few hours until sunup; he should sleep, get as much rest as he could.’
    • ‘The sun was still behind a mountain, but his watch said seven minutes past official sunup.’
    • ‘Without the alchemy that each green leaf performs from sunup to sundown during the growing season, life simply could not be.’
    • ‘Then she hoped and prayed that they ended up somewhere useful come sunup.’
    • ‘She had been running since sunup, and it was now just before noon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At $10 a head, students can go to the club from sundown to sunup and enjoy a safe graduation party with their peers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But finally, they came to the break in the woods by sunup.’
    • ‘If he had his way he'd spend his days courting and writing poetry from sunup until sundown.’
    • ‘The rooster crowing just before sunup woke Scott from a sound sleep.’
    • ‘At sunup and sundown, the lagoon becomes a communal meeting place for locals.’
    • ‘From sunup to sundown, an overwintering bird's focus in life is to feed its face.’
    • ‘Even less-observant Muslims fast seriously from sunup to sundown despite the tropical heat.’
    • ‘The author concludes that the colonists began to work at sunup and came in to breakfast at nine or ten.’
    • ‘She is pretty sure she will get to the point overlooking the ford a little before sunup.’
    • ‘The gang has until sunup to restore things back to normal - but do they want to?’
    dawn, daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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