uptight

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adjective up·tight \ˈəp-ˈtīt, (ˌ)əp-ˈtīt\

Definition of uptight

  1. 1a :  being tense, nervous, or uneasy uptight overachieversb :  angry, indignantc :  rigidly conventional an uptight conservative

  2. 2 :  being in financial difficulties

uptightness

play \(ˌ)əp-ˈtīt-nəs\ noun

Examples of uptight in a Sentence

  1. If our flight is delayed, there's nothing we can do. There's no reason to get so uptight about it.

  2. I don't know why people are so uptight about sex.

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First Known Use of uptight

1934


UPTIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

uptight

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adjective

Definition of uptight for English Language Learners

  • : nervous or worried and tending to become upset about something that does not make other people upset

  • : unable or unwilling to relax and express feelings openly : too concerned about behaving in a socially proper way


UPTIGHT Defined for Kids

uptight

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adjective up·tight \ˈəp-ˈtīt, ˌəp-\

Definition of uptight for Students

  1. :  being tense, nervous, or uneasy



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