up-tem·​po ˈəp-ˌtem-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce up-tempo (audio)
: having a fast-moving tempo
up-tempo music
an aggressive up-tempo style of basketball

Examples of up-tempo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By then, their feel-good up-tempo electronic rap was out of vogue. Liz Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Mitty turned the game into a halfcourt affair, and usually up-tempo Riordan was more than happy to oblige on a night when space was earned and every shot was contested. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 24 Feb. 2024 Kelly is one of the godfathers of the up-tempo, spread offense that dominated college football in the early 2010s. Ralph D. Russo, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Playing in the Ducks’ up-tempo spread offense led by star quarterback Bo Nix, Franklin had 15 catches of 30-plus yards and eight receptions of 40-plus yards, which both ranked among the top three in the country. C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 In addition to more spread formations and an up-tempo pace, the Ravens have emphasized getting the ball out of Jackson’s hands quicker and into those of the playmakers around him. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan. 2024 After a nightmarish month that included a five-game suspension for putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock, Green is making sure the Warriors rediscover their up-tempo ways. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2023 Guiton debuted with a 481-yard offensive showing in a 39-36 overtime win at Florida as the Razorbacks ran a more up-tempo offense with tweaks in an empty backfield set. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 26 Nov. 2023 The engineer queued up an up-tempo track with synthy flourishes and staccato lyrics on the demo. Danielle Amir Jackson Malike Sidibe, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of up-tempo was in 1948

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“Up-tempo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up-tempo. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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