uptalk

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

Definition of uptalk

: 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 QuenquaNew York Times27 Feb. 2012
called also upspeak

uptalk

or 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 SohnNew York Post14 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 RushCosmopolitanJanuary 2006

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First Known Use of uptalk

1993


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