upspeak

noun up·speak \ ˈəp-ˌspēk \
variants: or less commonly up-speak

Definition of upspeak

:uptalk
  • Speak with confidence. Lots of people have speech patterns that convey uncertainty. Eliminate upspeak—giving the last syllable a higher inflection.
  • —Kathryn Rem, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois)21 June 1998
  • … the giddy upspeak of the L.A. Basin (Hi? My name is Mary?) …
  • —Mary McNamaraLos Angeles Times20 Mar. 2000

upspeak

or less commonly up-speak intransitive verb, upspoke play \ˈəp-ˌspōk\ also up-spoke; upspoken play \ˈəp-ˌspō-kən\ also up-spoken; upspeaking also up-speaking; upspeaks also up-speaks
    • There's this linguist? Cynthia McLemore? Who studied female students at the University of Texas? Who up-speak a lot? And she found out that up-talk may very well serve a useful purpose. All those up inflections? They draw attention to what one says, McLemore claims.
    • —Bonnie McGrathChicago Tribune28 Nov. 1993

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First Known Use of upspeak

1994


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