up·​tight | \ ˈəp-ˈtīt How to pronounce uptight (audio) , (ˌ)əp-ˈtīt \

Definition of uptight

1a : being tense, nervous, or uneasy uptight overachievers
c : rigidly conventional an uptight conservative
2 : being in financial difficulties

Other Words from uptight

uptightness \ (ˌ)əp-​ˈtīt-​nəs How to pronounce uptight (audio) \ noun

Examples of uptight in a Sentence

If our flight is delayed, there's nothing we can do. There's no reason to get so uptight about it. I don't know why people are so uptight about sex.
Recent Examples on the Web After pretending to fall in love and then doing it for real in Boyfriend Material, messy Luc and uptight Oliver return in a story that delves into the social pressure to propose and the unpredictable nature of love. EW.com, 12 May 2022 An uptight, smart environmental lawyer, Edward is Nell’s landlord and roommate. Joe Otterson, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 Willis was basically unknown when Moonlighting creator Glen Gordon Caron hired him to play quippy private detective David Addison opposite Cybill Shepherd as uptight former fashion model Maddie Hayes. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 That wild ride involving a 17-member cast finds Mihalik actually playing the role of the uptight Mother Superior. John Benson, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 This Carlton is completely unlike the preppy, uptight, Tom Jones-loving, jitterbugging snob of yesteryear. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 14 Feb. 2022 Indeed, Michael York’s agent warned him against playing the initially uptight writer Brian Roberts because the role seemed underdeveloped. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 When that show closed during the pandemic, Rapp started auditioning for film and TV roles and joined Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble’s college comedy as Leighton Murray, an uptight legacy student at the show’s fictional Ivy League–esque Essex College. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 30 Nov. 2021 In the past five years alone, Thompson has played a High Court judge in The Children Act, an uptight television host in Late Night, and the British prime minister (twice). Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uptight

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Uptight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptight. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for uptight


up·​tight | \ ˈəp-ˈtīt How to pronounce uptight (audio) , ˌəp- \

Kids Definition of uptight

: being tense, nervous, or uneasy

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