uppity

adjective up·pi·ty \ ˈə-pə-tē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of uppity

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

uppitiness

or less commonly uppityness noun

Examples of uppity in a Sentence

  1. Don't get uppity with me.

  2. uppity social climbers who were the biggest snobs in town

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Origin and Etymology of uppity

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

uppity Synonyms


UPPITY Defined for English Language Learners

uppity

adjective

Definition of uppity for English Language Learners

  • : 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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