adverb or adjective

up·​riv·​er ˈəp-ˈri-vər How to pronounce upriver (audio)
: toward or at a point nearer the source of a river

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of anglers, customers of guides, and those in their own or friends’ boats, moved upriver with the closure to fish for a fall chinook run now believed to be nearly twice its projection. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2022 Pelado was going upriver toward the territory in his big boat, dragging three canoes. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 Smallmouth bass already wreaked havoc on native fish way upriver where the government spends millions of dollars each year to control the predators. Brittany Peterson, ajc, 17 Sep. 2022 Launch at Willow Beach and head upriver along the Black Canyon National Water Trail to look for quiet coves that reveal hot springs, waterfalls, and caves. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Since males mature earlier than females, it is assumed all the fish that came upriver this year were males, said Aaron Schiller, DNR fisheries biologist. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2022 As for your basic organic materials—apple cores, banana peels, orange rinds, brown sacks of gorp soaked upriver in the rapids—your own heart will provide the answer. Outside Online, 4 May 2021 The disputed property sits at the base of the falls, just upriver from the former Blue Heron paper mill site in Oregon City that the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde purchased in 2019 and now plan to redevelop. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2022 From there, the teams headed upriver on a 55-mile trip to Fairbanks. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upriver was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Upriver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upriver. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
up·​riv·​er ˈəp-ˈriv-ər How to pronounce upriver (audio)
: toward or at a point nearer the start of a river
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