upbeat


1up·beat

noun \ˈəp-ˌbēt\

Definition of UPBEAT

1
:  an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure; specifically :  the last beat of the measure
2
:  an increase in activity or prosperity <business that is on the upbeat>

First Known Use of UPBEAT

1869

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2upbeat

adjective

: positive and cheerful : happy and hopeful

Full Definition of UPBEAT

:  cheerful, optimistic <I'm feeling upbeat today>

Examples of UPBEAT

  1. I like a story with an upbeat ending.
  2. I tried to stay upbeat about losing the election.

First Known Use of UPBEAT

1947

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