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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
Recent Examples on the Web There were some in the UK, and even on this side of the pond, who wanted the queen to assert her authority and slap down her presumptuous grandson and his uppity wife. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "The abdication of stiff upper lips," 13 Jan. 2020 So was the mayor of Tomsk, his fate a warning to uppity regional politicians. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand stripped his official mistress of all her titles and honours for being too uppity. The Economist, "Politics this week," 24 Oct. 2019 The John Wayne machismo attitude of Cliff (Brad Pitt), an aging stuntman who defeats the arrogant, uppity Chinese guy harks back to the very stereotypes Bruce was trying to dismantle. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Quentin Tarantino’s 'sloppy,' 'racist' depiction of Bruce Lee," 17 Aug. 2019 But for a kid in Kentucky, Stonewall—even as recounted by White and others who were there—represented, at best, a kind of aspirational gay life, a bevy of uppity queers fighting for their decidedly unrespectable libidinal community. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019

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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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The first known use of uppity was in 1880

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“Uppity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppity. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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