up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upward trend (as of prices)
2a : a positive aspect
b : promise, potential a young star with lots of upside
up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˈsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

: up on or against the side of layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wall— Lonnie Johnson smacked him upside the head

Examples of upside in a Sentence

Noun One upside to the new house is its location.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In June, Trump campaign ads were removed for featuring an upside-down red triangle, a symbol resembling one once used by Nazis to identify political prisoners such as communists, socialists, anarchists and liberals in concentration camps. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Facebook and Twitter remove video of Trump falsely claiming children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus," 6 Aug. 2020 One of the most intriguing teams in the bubble based on upside, the supporting pieces (Brandon Ingram as an All-Star, Lonzo Ball throwing alley-oops, JJ Redick making threes) to Williamson are in place. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NBA power rankings: How all 22 squads taking part in league's bubble restart stack up," 31 July 2020 On the upside, deer are used to farming disturbances. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Find a Last-Minute, Affordable Deer Lease," 31 July 2020 But a huge number like that likely sets markets up for a surprise to the upside, LPL's Detrick suggests. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "5 theories on why the stock market is up 42% since March—ranked by likelihood," 8 July 2020 Like Bey, Vassell isn’t considered to have the upside of some other potential lottery picks. Connor Letourneau,, "Six potential sleepers for the Warriors in a critical NBA draft," 13 June 2020 Draft analysts and scouts have praised his defensive versatility, efficiency and upside as a passer. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA mock draft roundup: Popular picks are emerging," 7 July 2020 And just to add to the upside-down, inside-out madness of the mass gathering, Ivanka Trump, presidential adviser and daughter, tweeted a reminder to be safe over the holiday weekend by social distancing and wearing a mask. Washington Post, "Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction," 23 June 2020 These three-bedroom, three-bath upside-down townhomes offer breathtaking views. Houston Chronicle, "Beachtown offers a respite from the busy city life," 11 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Bernard’s intensity, red-hot motor and likable athleticism should enable him to develop into a special teams ace under coordinator John Fassel’s tutelage. Plus, his coverage ability and adequate instincts give him upside as a defender. John Owning, Dallas News, "A way-too-early Dallas Cowboys roster projection: Is DT Trysten Hill’s spot already in jeopardy?," 1 May 2020 Would the occasional smack upside the head improve the situation? David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Louisville City slapped the New England Revolution upside the head 2-1. San Antonio Express-News, "Suds and duds: SAFC loses Open Cup match," 6 June 2018 Then, astonishingly, in the open court, after a whistle blew, Heat guard Goran Dragic cuffed Simmons upside the head after Simmons stole the ball from him, and after Simmons already had been fouled by him. Marcus Hayes,, "Sixers come together again to eliminate the Heat, advance in NBA playoffs| Marcus Hayes," 24 Apr. 2018 But Ingalls, who joined the Lips after first starting with that band as a behind the scenes tech for, can also knock listeners upside the head., "Cool things to do in Huntsville, Feb. 4 - 10," 4 Feb. 2018 Let’s not hit them upside their damn heads 100 times. Tim Rohan,, "Strip Clubs, CTE Talk and a CBD Sales Pitch: A Weekend Inside Warren Sapp’s World," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of upside


1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upside


up entry 2 + side entry 1


perhaps from up entry 1 + -side (as in alongside)

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The first known use of upside was in 1927

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9 Aug 2020

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“Upside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of upside

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: a part of something that is good or desirable : an advantage or benefit
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English Language Learners Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : on or against the side of (something)

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