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uppity

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adjective up·pi·ty \ˈə-pə-tē\

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.

Full Definition of uppity

  1. :  putting on or marked by airs of superiority :  arrogant, presumptuous <uppity technicians> <a small uppity country>

up·pi·ti·ness also up·pi·ty·ness noun

Examples of uppity

  1. Don't get uppity with me.

  2. <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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