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 While the mother and her friend were upstairs, Woodyard put the sleeping woman’s legs on top of his lap, touched her groin area over her clothes, lifted up her shorts and underwear and moved his hand up her inner thigh, charging documents read. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Union Bridge man charged with sex offense for allegedly touching sleeping woman," 9 Oct. 2020 And upstairs, there was a gentleman, maybe in his 80s, hair slicked back, in a suit fitted to an inch of his life—dancing with a young girl dressed in hip-hop clothes. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "“The Thought of Doing a Runway Show Now Is Just, Really?”—John Galliano Reveals His New Maison Margiela Video," 6 Oct. 2020 Three additional bedrooms, a game room and a study are upstairs, with a balcony that overlooks the backyard and golf course. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents home with golf course views," 3 Oct. 2020 That’s about the time the man was upstairs, heard windows breaking below and saw that the lower level was on fire, the charges say. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Charges: Man set his ex's Coon Rapids home ablaze after vowing to kill her," 21 Sep. 2020 Fauci, who that week appeared on the cover of Time magazine’s issue 100 most influential people of 2020, went upstairs and changed into jeans and sweatshirt. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why Anthony Fauci is happy being the "skunk" on the Coronavirus Task Force," 3 Oct. 2020 The woman went back upstairs to help the aunt while Sutch stayed in the bathroom with her 2-year-old and the young girl. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seven people shot at Serenity Funeral Home in Milwaukee; police searching for assailant," 30 Sep. 2020 In his Magic Stick performance space upstairs, Zainea would be allowed a maximum of about 120 people under the new guidelines. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music venues can reopen at limited capacity, but owners say it's still a tough go," 25 Sep. 2020 Chrest’s wife went upstairs to console him, the sister told police. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore cop charged in series of domestic incidents in Harford County; remained on force after 2018 DUI," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As a young teacher, Pollio said he was struck early on when a colleague explained how the upstairs floor at Shawnee was condemned. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Renovation of west Louisville's Academy @ Shawnee has been long overdue, JCPS leaders say," 7 Oct. 2020 The downstairs business was Dollar & Party, and the upstairs business was a furniture store, Martins said. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "3 children and an adult killed in New Jersey store fire after gate wouldn't open," 6 Oct. 2020 With a back room, an upstairs party room and an outdoor patio, the Cadillac also was a place to bid farewell to departing colleagues, mark birthdays, weddings and other life events, and celebrate Fiesta every spring. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Downtown San Antonio’s iconic Cadillac Bar now closed after decades as the place for politicians, attorneys, judges to gather and make deals," 5 Oct. 2020 Kids could be heard laughing through open upstairs windows. Washington Post, "As repression mounts, China under Xi Jinping feels increasingly like North Korea," 28 Sep. 2020 At some point, Sharon will open an upstairs room which will feature a Bedouin-style arrangement of low tables and seating on cushions. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Misa restaurant opens where Bordeaux used to be in Uptown," 5 Oct. 2020 Inside of his family’s large upstairs game room, a young Ainias Smith would take part in one of his favorite games. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Brother of former Alabama, Georgia DB has become X-factor for Texas A&M," 2 Oct. 2020 The Capitol Theatre is closed to the public and undergoing a construction project to install recliner seats in the two upstairs auditoriums. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Capitol Theatre’s 12 Hours of Terror movie marathon goes virtual," 24 Sep. 2020 There is a downstairs utility room and an upstairs utility closet for laundry. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents home with golf course views," 19 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction The living room, dining room and kitchen all expand to a spacious wood deck, and upstairs, the owner’s suite offers a deck of its own. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "‘The Wonder Years’ creators hang $29.5-million price tag on Malibu compound," 16 Oct. 2020 Windows in the two upstairs bedrooms facing Annunciation Street offer views of Carnival crowds en route to parades that line up nearby. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "From its exterior, you'd never guess the inside of this unusual home looks like this," 8 Oct. 2020 The other four upstairs bedrooms share two bathrooms. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents home with golf course views," 19 Sep. 2020 Then Gus will carry your Frankencouch upstairs and magically stitch it together—all for the low, low price of $1100. Jason Gay, WSJ, "‘Anarchy’ Is Not a New York City Crisis. It’s a Lifestyle.," 2 Oct. 2020 The congregation, too, has rented a U-Haul van that has served the cause as a mobile medical unit at marches and medics have been based out of one of the church’s upstairs rooms. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Everything was quiet until it wasn't. Inside the sanctuary church surrounded by Louisville police," 25 Sep. 2020 The five-bedroom home has a mudroom and upstairs living areas. Dallas News, "Preston Hollow area showcases ‘grand’ homes," 9 Aug. 2020 Black Noir uses a smoke grenade to flush them out of their hiding space and upstairs. Nick Schager, EW.com, "The Boys recap: With a little help from my friends," 18 Sep. 2020 The two upstairs bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and are set on opposite ends of the second story. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Paint it black: See the modern update of a four-bedroom Forest Hills home built in 1948," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Upstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upstairs. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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upstairs

adverb
How to pronounce upstairs (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

upstairs

adjective
How to pronounce upstairs (audio)

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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