upstairs

adverb
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : up the stairs : on or to a higher floor
2 : to or at a high altitude or higher position kicked upstairs to company management
3 : in the head : intellectually a little slow upstairs— Tom Clancy

upstairs

adjective
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: situated above the stairs especially on an upper floor an upstairs bedroom
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) , ˈəp-ˌsterz \

Definition of upstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the part of a building above the ground floor

Examples of upstairs in a Sentence

Adverb When you go upstairs, bring these towels with you. She was on her way upstairs when she heard a car drive up. Adjective You can use the upstairs bathroom.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The guard pushed the button for the lobby to prevent him from going upstairs. cleveland, 30 July 2021 These are felt like fleeting pulses through the seat and steering wheel, signaled mostly by the semiquaver in the engine’s wail and the fact the car is going upstairs like a beautiful bat out of hell. Dan Neil, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Wracked by survivor’s guilt and haunted by visions of war, Nick sits in a whorehouse bar — without drinking or going upstairs. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2020 After a few minutes the man left in a newer model black Chevrolet pickup truck, and a relative inside the house saw two men enter the house, one going upstairs and the other going downstairs. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 2020 The San Francisco Peninsula resident remembers going upstairs to wake his 16-year-old son, who called 911 and asked for medical help. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, 1 Dec. 2020 After gazing at it for a moment, the doctor went upstairs. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Zajic went upstairs with a knife and entered the hallway. Stephanie Casanova, chicagotribune.com, 7 Aug. 2021 In the course of the argument, Fisher went upstairs to get his own gun, according to the report. Henri Hollis, ajc, 24 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Leather couches fill alcoves in the upstairs mezzanine where the church choir used to sing. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 The upstairs wine bar will be open only two days a week, likely on Monday and Tuesday to be accessible for restaurant staff, who usually work weekends and are off those days. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Their bodies were found with gunshot wounds in an upstairs bedroom, and their red Corvette was missing. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 On the upstairs deck, a retractable glass roof offers spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 Their bodies were found with gunshot wounds in an upstairs bedroom, and their red Corvette was missing. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Gaines was larger than life and could usually be found behind the upstairs bar at St. Elmo. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2021 The friendly server at the upstairs tasting bar explains this history between pours of a Tempranillo with herbaceous and peppery notes. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, 3 Aug. 2020 If your dog has specific triggers for barking, such as a stranger walking past the house or sounds from a noisy upstairs neighbor, try removing the stimulus. Hannah Harper, Health.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Another man in the house, listed as witness No. 2, was in a bedroom with a child, and took the child, finding large amounts of blood in the upstairs of the home, then escaped with the child in his vehicle. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Above and upstairs of the walk-up pasta operation is the Trailer, a retail store. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2021 When replacing a whirlpool-style upstairs bathtub, the couple discovered a Tupperware container had been put in a gap between the second-story floor and the first-story ceiling, apparently in an attempt to conceal a leaky pipe. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The upstairs has couches and chairs in more of a homey setting. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The living room area as seen from the upstairs in the condo owned by Harmon and Lea Kong at Tamarack. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Ida peeled open the tin roof of Terry and Patti Dardar’s home in the small Louisiana community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, and then Nicholas made things much worse, soaking the upstairs. Rebecca Santana, Kevin Mcgill, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 The upstairs contains another living room and additional bedrooms including a primary suite with mountain views. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 We were allocated Loch, one of the pub's two spacious upstairs bedrooms. Rebecca Rose, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of upstairs

Adverb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upstairs was in 1584

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“Upstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upstairs. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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upstairs

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to a higher floor of a building
: in the head : mentally or intellectually

upstairs

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 2)

: located on a higher floor of a building

upstairs

adverb
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: up the stairs : on or to an upper floor Go upstairs to your room!

upstairs

adjective
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: being on or relating to an upper floor upstairs bedrooms

upstairs

noun
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the part of a building above the ground floor

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