Simple Definition of uppity
: acting as if you are more important than you really are, do not have to do what you are told to do, etc.
Examples of uppity
Don't get uppity with me.
<uppity social climbers who were the biggest snobs in town>
Origin of uppity
probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety)
First Known Use: 1880
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