up·​pi·​ty | \ ˈə-pə-tē How to pronounce uppity (audio) \

Definition of uppity

: putting on or marked by airs of superiority : arrogant, presumptuous uppity technicians a small uppity country

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Other Words from uppity

uppitiness or less commonly uppityness noun

Examples of uppity in a Sentence

Don't get uppity with me. uppity social climbers who were the biggest snobs in town

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This upset Japanese firms, which were not accustomed to dealing with uppity young academics. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Junichi Nishizawa, Japan’s ‘Mr. Semiconductor,’ Rivaled U.S. Scientists," 2 Nov. 2018 Sticking it to uppity black millionaires has been good for business since the first cretin came up with the lie that the first black president wasn't born in this country, and well before that even. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Don't Be Fooled: President Trump Is Using NFL as Distraction for Bigger Issues Surrounding White House," 5 June 2018 Forty years later, trashing is still progressives’ favorite tactic to deploy against uppity women. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Who Does She Think She Is?," 29 Mar. 2018 He was called a coward, a traitor, a dupe, and an uppity N-word. Jonathan Eig, Slate Magazine, "Black Athletes Are Only Loved When They Are Harmless," 26 Sep. 2017 And that he and, by proxy, Hillary Clinton are not afraid to put these uppity negroes back in their place. Susana Morris, Cosmopolitan, "Bill Clinton Knew Exactly What He Was Doing With That Tirade Against Black Lives Matter," 8 Apr. 2016 The local soccer stars got trashed and uppity at Epcot. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NASCAR isn't dangerous compared to Silvio Sabba's sport," 7 Oct. 2017 But the listless and perpetually disappointed Naomi Codrington, a young Brit who’s on the island for the summer with her elitist, art-dealer father, Jimmie, and his uppity Greek wife, Phaine, isn’t having it. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "An excellent tale of deadly intrigue on a Greek island," 6 Aug. 2017 Both Barack and Michelle Obama have been publicly chided by conservatives for being uppity, or for believing that they and their children are entitled to the same rights, opportunities and privileges as whites. C. Nicole Mason, The Root, "I Am Your Uppity Negro," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of uppity

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uppity

probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety)

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English Language Learners Definition of uppity

informal + disapproving : acting as if you are more important than you really are, do not have to do what you are told to do, etc.

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