Examples of uppity in a Sentence
Don't get uppity with me.
uppity social climbers who were the biggest snobs in town
Recent Examples of uppity from the Web
Forty years later, trashing is still progressives’ favorite tactic to deploy against uppity women.
He was called a coward, a traitor, a dupe, and an uppity N-word.
And that he and, by proxy, Hillary Clinton are not afraid to put these uppity negroes back in their place.
The local soccer stars got trashed and uppity at Epcot.
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.
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.
Even the Hot Dog and Sausage Council warned against getting too uppity where frankfurters are concerned.
The barristers had an idea: to set up a new sort of practice unfettered by ancient quirks of the bar, including the power of those uppity middlemen.
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Origin and Etymology of uppity
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, highfalutin (also hifalutin), huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, supercilious, superior, uppish;
complacent, conceited, egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), narcissistic, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up;
UPPITY Defined for English Language Learners
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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