1

upbeat

play
noun up·beat \ˈəp-ˌbēt\

Definition of upbeat

  1. 1 :  an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure; specifically :  the last beat of the measure

  2. 2 :  an increase in activity or prosperity <business that is on the upbeat>

1869

First Known Use of upbeat

1869


2

upbeat

adjective up·beat

Definition of upbeat

  1. :  cheerful, optimistic <I'm feeling upbeat today>


UPBEAT Defined for English Language Learners


2

upbeat

adjective up·beat

Definition of upbeat for English Language Learners

  • : positive and cheerful : happy and hopeful


UPBEAT Defined for Kids

1

upbeat

play
noun up·beat \ˈəp-ˌbēt\

Definition of upbeat for Students

  1. :  a beat in music that is not accented and especially one just before a downbeat


2

upbeat

play
adjective up·beat

Definition of upbeat for Students

  1. :  cheerful and positive <an upbeat story>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up upbeat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ