put-up·​on ˈpu̇t-ə-ˌpȯn How to pronounce put-upon (audio)
: imposed upon : taken advantage of

Examples of put-upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ellen Green reprising her celebrated turn as the put-upon Audrey? Scott Hocker, theweek, 1 May 2024 These films feature their own manner of put-upon wives, though they are afforded something Mollie is not: a scene that cracks them apart, allowing their frustration and fears to spill into the open air of the film. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 12 Jan. 2024 Downs also stars as Jimmy, Ava and Deborah’s put-upon manager. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 31 May 2024 Rather, Joey King plays Zara Ford, a young woman working as the put-upon assistant of movie star Chris Cole (Efron). Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 29 May 2024 On a 115-degree summer afternoon in a wilting, AC-challenged Marseilles apartment block, a put-upon middle-aged wife passes out on her balcony. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 May 2024 But once the truth of Reena’s demise is revealed, the sympathy for these put-upon characters starts to increasingly get in the way of true empathy for their experiences. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Apr. 2024 In a small role, Anjan Vasan nails the put-upon female cop (the lone one in the department) seeking to unmask this cursing culprit, a task that’s hard to achieve since she through the quicksand of sexism that surrounds her. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) The Daniels rightfully won big at last year’s Oscars for this ambitious, moving, and exceedingly exciting genre-bender, which stars Michelle Yeoh as a put-upon laundress who gets a chance to see where her life could have gone. EW.com, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of put-upon was in 1866

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“Put-upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-upon. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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