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uptight

adjective up·tight \ˈəp-ˈtīt, (ˌ)əp-ˈ\

: nervous or worried and tending to become upset about something that does not make other people upset

: unable or unwilling to relax and express feelings openly : too concerned about behaving in a socially proper way

Full Definition of UPTIGHT

1
a :  being tense, nervous, or uneasy <uptight overachievers>
b :  angry, indignant
c :  rigidly conventional <an uptight conservative>
2
:  being in financial difficulties
up·tight·ness \(ˌ)əp-ˈtīt-nəs\ noun
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Examples of UPTIGHT

  1. If our flight is delayed, there's nothing we can do. There's no reason to get so uptight about it.
  2. I don't know why people are so uptight about sex.

First Known Use of UPTIGHT

1934

Rhymes with UPTIGHT

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UPTIGHTNESS Defined for Kids

uptight

adjective up·tight \ˈəp-ˈtīt, ˌəp-\

Definition of UPTIGHT for Kids

:  being tense, nervous, or uneasy

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