uptalk

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noun up·talk \ˈəp-ˌtȯk\
variants: less commonly

up–talk

Definition of uptalk

  1. :  speech in which each clause, sentence, etc., ends like a question with a rising inflection Starting in America with the Valley Girls of the 1980s …, uptalk became common among young women across the country by the 1990s. — Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2012 —called also upspeak

uptalk

less commonly

up–talk

intransitive verb,

uptalked

also

up–talked

;

uptalking

also

up–talking

;

uptalks

also

up–talks

… girls in my high school who used to buy expensive sandwiches and uptalk. — Amy Sohn, New York Post, 14 Sept. 1999 The road to job success starts after you study up on these 10 real-world work rules. … 2 Don't up-talk. Speaking in a singsong voice and posing statements as if they were questions leave you sounding girlie and unsure. — Colleen Rush, Cosmopolitan, January 2006

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1993

First Known Use of uptalk

1993


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