adjective \ˈə-pə-tē\

: 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

:  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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